Replace Missing Teeth with Implant Crowns
A missing tooth can have a significant impact on your oral health and quality of life, causing remaining teeth to shift and leaving you vulnerable to harmful infection. However, implant crowns can provide patients with a stable, secure solution to tooth loss, improving both dental comfort and aesthetics. Matthew A. Turner D.D.S., P.C. provides implant-supported restorations to residents of Kansas City, MO, at his Blue Springs dental office, helping them achieve optimal oral health and function.
What is an Implant-Supported Crown?
An implant-supported crown is affixed to a dental implant, restoring dental function after isolated tooth loss. Together, an implant and restoration replace the entire structure of a missing tooth. While the dental implant serves as artificial tooth roots, the crown replaces the tooth above the gum line. These restorations can also be combined with a pontic, or artificial tooth, to replace adjacent missing teeth.
Benefits of Pairing Crowns with Dental Implants
In addition to providing the benefits of traditional crowns, implant-supported restorations boast increased security and stability. Affixing your dental crown to an implant can provide numerous advantages, including:
- Jawbone preservation
- Increased comfort and longevity
- Higher self-confidence
- Improved speech
- Retention of facial structure
Dr. Turner uses only the highest quality porcelain to fabricate dental crowns. This strong, durable material can be matched to the color of surrounding teeth for a realistic, natural-looking appearance. Our crowns are designed to fit seamlessly in your smile, helping you to achieve a cohesive bite and proper occlusion.
Am I a Candidate?
To qualify for this procedure, patients should be in good oral and overall health. As implants fuse with the jawbone, it is necessary for patients to have sufficient bone to support these posts. If you have suffered bone degeneration due to tooth loss, we may recommend a bone graft or sinus lift to restore your candidacy. By providing an in-depth examination, Dr. Turner can help you determine the best course of action and create a personalized treatment plan suited to your needs.
Replacing a Missing Tooth
Before you can receive a custom restoration, you must first undergo a dental implant procedure. During this treatment, our on-site oral surgeon can make small incisions in the gums and create space in the jawbone for an implant post. We can then close the incision with sutures to ensure proper healing. Over a period of three to six months, the implant will fuse with the surrounding tissue, creating a strong foundation for your restoration. We may provide you with a temporary restoration to wear in the interim.
Implant-supported crowns can provide patients with a stable, secure solution to tooth loss, improving both dental comfort and aesthetics.
Once you have fully healed, we can take digital scans of your smile, which will be used to design and fabricate your customized crown. We can send this mold to our trusted dental laboratory, where your crown will be manufactured over the next two weeks. When your restoration is finished, you can return to our office, so Dr. Turner can attach your finalized dental crown to the implant. To ensure superior results, he can polish your teeth, adding the finishing touches to your new and improved smile.
Secure, Comfortable Restorations with Dr. Turner
Dr. Turner has dedicated over 25 years to helping his patients achieve their restorative and cosmetic dentistry goals. He can ensure you receive the highest quality dental care by designing a treatment plan based on your oral health needs and personal preferences. To learn more about the benefits of implant-supported crowns, contact us online or call us at (816) 229-1433.