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For qualifying patients who want to replace a single missing tooth, an implant-supported crown can offer major advantages over a traditional dental bridge. With a traditional bridge, the teeth on either side of the gap have to be altered and healthy tissue is removed. An implant-supported crown prevents the loss of healthy dental tissue and also protects against the jaw atrophy associated with tooth loss. At Pampered Smiles in Atlanta, GA, we offer implant-supported crowns made out of high-quality porcelain for lifelike and aesthetic results. Dr. J.D. Murray and Dr. William Alexander can perform every stage of your dental implant treatment, from placement surgery to attaching your beautiful new restoration.
Traditional Bridges vs. Implant-Supported Crowns
Before the advent of dental implants, the only method of replacing a single missing tooth was a traditional dental bridge. A traditional bridge is secured by two dental crowns placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap in your smile. Before a crown can be placed, healthy tissue must be removed from the tooth to accommodate the restoration. However, bridges require a much shorter treatment timeline than implant-supported restorations allow. Within two short visits, you can restore your smile without requiring surgery or long recovery times.
Dental implants acts as artificial tooth roots, providing incredible stability for your restoration.
While bridges do have certain advantages, the best choice in dentistry is always the one that avoids the alteration or removal of health tissue. When you replace a tooth with an implant-supported crown, you are restoring the entire structure of the tooth without affecting the healthy neighboring teeth.
Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots, providing incredible stability for your restoration. They are also the only tooth replacement method that protects your jawbone against the tissue loss associated with missing teeth. The implant post stimulates your jaw and encourages your body to send resources to the area, preventing tissue deterioration and maintaining the structural integrity of your jaw.
Explore Your Implant Candidacy
You must be in good oral and overall health to qualify for dental implants. Since implants rely on surrounding jawbone tissue for support, you must also have sufficient tissue in your jaw. When teeth are lost, the jawbone begins to deteriorate. If you have left your tooth loss untreated for a long period of time, you may not be a candidate for dental implants. However, Drs. Murray and Alexander can perform preparatory procedures, such as bone grafting or sinus lifts, to restore certain patients ability to receive implants.
The best way to determine your candidacy for an implant-supported crown is to visit our office for a consultation. Drs. Murray or Alexander can use computerized tomography (CT) scans and x-rays to assess the density of your jaw and your overall oral health. For some patients—such as those with uncontrolled diabetes or heavy smokers—he may recommend a traditional bridge instead.
Your Implant Treatment
Implant-supported crowns consist of three parts: a small titanium post, a connector known as an abutment, and a dental crown. The first step in the process is implant placement surgery. During this procedure, Drs. Murray or Alexander will embed the titanium post into your jawbone. Over the next four to six months, the jawbone will fuse with the implant, after which time you can begin the next stage of treatment.
When the implants have fully fused, Drs. Murray or Alexander will attach the abutment to the implant. Then we will take impressions of your smile to design your porcelain crown. The impressions are sent to a trusted dental laboratory. In general, the lab takes two weeks to fabricate a dental crown, during which time we can fit you with a temporary restoration to protect your abutment.
When the crown is complete, you can return to our office for final placement. Your doctor will check the fit and ensure your restoration has not affected your bite. Once the crown is attached, you can enjoy the benefits of a fully restored smile.
Restore Your Smile
An implant-supported crown from Pampered Smiles can restore the aesthetics and functionality of your smile. Contact our office online or call us at (404) 349-7889 to learn more about implant-supported crowns and the other forms of restorative dentistry we offer at our dental practice.
"As a family practice, we understand the importance of providing treatments for patients of any age. We pride ourselves on our comprehensive cosmetic, restorative, and implant treatments."Dr. Murray