Dental Implant Crowns are an excellent alternative to a dental bridge. Replacing a missing tooth not only improves the appearance of your smile, but it also restores the function of that tooth. If you have a tooth that needs to be extracted or have previously lost a tooth, Dr. Kimes may suggest replacing it with a dental implant crown. Because implant crowns have a predictable long-term prognosis and do not require alteration of the neighboring teeth, they are considered the standard of care in treating missing teeth. Dental implant crowns look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. Our doctors at Sage Dentistry will discuss all of your options for an implant crown and will make a recommendation
based on your specific needs. In order to replace a missing tooth with an implant crown, first a surgeon places the implant screw. This screw serves as an “artificial root” to support the crown. Dr. Kimes work with highly skilled specialists and will refer you to either a Periodontist or Oral Surgeon for implant placement. The surgeon and our doctors will coordinate your care by discussing the placement location of your implant, as well as the timing for your restoration once you’ve healed properly. While healing, the implant will be covered by either a small healing cap or a temporary crown. When the implant is ready to be restored, you will schedule an appointment with Sage Dentistry to make an impression and choose the shade of your new crown. These records will be sent to our ceramist who will craft a crown to fit your implant that matches the appearance of your natural teeth and functions with your bite. Once the crown is delivered to our office, your doctor will verify the crown fits properly and secure it to the implant. With proper care, dental implant crowns are an excellent long-term solution for missing teeth. They are more conservative than a traditional bridge, help prevent bone loss in the area of the missing tooth, and restore your ability to chew properly. If you have a non-restorable or missing tooth, talk to Dr. Kimes about how this type of crown can return your smile to its former beauty. Contact Sage Dentistry today and ask about dental implant crowns. If you have a missing tooth, this type of crown can return your smile to its former beauty.