An implant crown is a prosthetic restoration that attaches to an implant. Implant crowns become part of artificial teeth that we screw into the jawbone. Implant crowns are recommended to replace damaged or missing teeth due to their natural appearance and function.
Implant crowns look and function like a natural tooth. They help to restore the chewing power of natural teeth and fill the gaps left by missing teeth. Thus, it prevents the accumulation of harmful bacteria between the teeth and around the gum line. Hence, the possibility of gum diseases occurring is negligible.
Types of Dental Implant Crowns
An implant crown replaces an entire tooth, including the root, and is incredibly durable and can last for a long time. The Dentist Federal Way, WA examines the oral condition of the patient and prescribes one of the two types of crowns:
Cement-retained crowns require a two-piece assembly in which the implant crown is attached to the abutment. Then the crown is cemented into the abutment. They are easy to fabricate and there is no need to tighten positioned screws. Here are some benefits of opting for cement-retained crowns.
- Natural appearance
- Superior cosmetic flexibility
- No screw access hole
- Independent of implant’s angulations
Screw-Retained Implant Crowns
Screw-retained implant crowns require one-piece assembly in which the implant crown is attached to abutments with screws. Screw-retained implant crowns are composed of two screws. One hole of the crown is situated in the biting surface which allows for the insertion of the occlusal screw. The second hole allows insertion of the lingual screw and is situated on the side of the crown that faces the tongue. The placement of these two screws holds the crown in place.
Here are a few benefits to consider while opting for screw-retained implant crowns.
- Easily detachable
- Easy maintenance
- No cementing procedure required
- Ease-of-access to the screw
How Long Do Implant Crowns Last?
Some people may bother the lifespan of the implant crown after being attached. The overall life expectancy of crowns may extend for a long time with the right material used for implants, proper oral care, and attention. Patients should consider more value to the longevity of the implant crown while choosing it.
If you are considering tooth restoration for a brilliant smile, our dentist at Marine Hills Dentistry can advise customized plans to prescribe an implant crown. Visit us at our office at 1500 S Dash Point Rd, Federal Way, WA 98003. Call us at (253) 839-2800 to book an appointment.