The Procedure and Care of Implant Crowns
If you are missing one or more teeth, your dentist might suggest implant crowns. The implant will be surgically inserted into your jawbone by the dentist. The implant will attach to the bone and act as a root for the crown. The crown will be colored to match the rest of your teeth and look like a natural tooth after it is attached to the implant.
The beauty of implant crowns over dentures is they act like your regular teeth. You don’t have to remove them at night. The only cleaning you do is regular brushing and flossing. For all practical purposes, they act like your regular teeth. Many people can’t even tell.
The procedure does require enough bone in the jaw that is strong enough to hold the implant. If there isn’t enough bone, more can be added through a bone graft.
The implant can either be secured using permanent cement or is screwed into the bone directly.
Signs an Implant is Needed
An implant is usually needed when decay has become irreparable or a root canal has gone bad. The first indication of a problem is unprovoked toothache. Your gum tissue may become swollen around the area.
In some cases, if a single rooted tooth matches the size of the implant, the implant can be inserted immediately, a process known as “immediate implant placement.” The temporary crown is then attached to the implant.
Do You Smoke?
We generally don’t recommend implant crowns for smokers, especially heavy smokers. Smoking restricts blood flow, so it’s harder for your mouth to heal from the implants. In some of our Cincinnati dental patients who smoke, it doesn’t heal at all. Let us know up front if you smoke and how much. And be honest. We can recommend an alternative procedure, but it’s best to know ahead of time.
Care of Dental Implants
Implants do require regular dental care, including brushing, flossing, and periodic cleanings. You will receive detailed instructions when it comes to the care of your new teeth. The process is very similar to how you care for the rest of your teeth.
When it comes to flossing dental implants, we recommend you use unwaxed tape or implant-specific floss. This will better protect the tissue around the implant. Nylon coated interdental brushes/ proxabrushes are good for getting in between the implant thoroughly. Try dipping them in non-alcohol antimicrobial rinse or gel.
Beckham Square Family Dental: Gentle Dentistry for the Entire Family!
If you need a family dentist near you and live in the Cincinnati area, give us a call or fill out our online contact form. We are currently accepting new patients. The combined practices of Dr. Schmerler and Dr. Malavich, we provide gentle dental care for the entire family. We know how to make young children feel comfortable and at ease. We even know how to make adults feel relaxed. We understand that some have had unpleasant experiences and may feel some level of dental anxiety. That’s why we do everything we can to make you feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible.
We’re a Cincinnati family dental practice that believes in treating our patients like family. We watch your children grow up. We love checking in and just seeing how life’s been. Dental care is just that- caring. Let us help your entire family have a beautiful smile!