IMPLANT CROWNS IN CHESHIRE AND WALLINGFORD CT
When you lose a tooth your ability to bite and chew food is compromised to some extent. Left as such a number of dental problems can arise which deteriorate your oral and overall health. Dental prostheses are developed to takeover the normal functionality of lost natural teeth. Both fixed and removable types of dental restorations are available. Among all restorations in dentistry implant crowns have a special place because of their ability to become an integral part of the oral cavity. The success-rate of implant crown surgery is high and the restoration requires very less post-operative maintenance. All these factors have made implant crowns a highly recommended restorative solution to lost tooth at our Hamden dental office Ross A. Kaplan D.M.D., P.C. Our experienced team has been successful in recreating beautiful smiles for many of our patients from Hamden, North Haven, Cheshire, Wallingford CT and surrounding communities. Our quality care has won us patients' trust and many families in these communities rely on us for their dental health needs.
What happens when a tooth is lost?
- When a tooth is lost it takes the root along with it. As a result, the supporting bone gets no stimulation in the area where there is a gap caused by missing tooth. The bone may lose purpose and start to shrink. This process is called bone resorption.
- Food lodgement in the gap can increase the risk of gum diseases.
- Tooth loss can create an imbalance in the dentition. The nearby teeth can shift positions.
- The chewing efficiency reduces. Patient has to put in more effort to bite and chew food.
- When many teeth are missing, bone resorption can cause the facial skin to sag.
Implant crowns – How they work?
Dental implants are made of titanium or zirconium. They replace the lost tooth root. The implant is surgically placed in the supporting bone and left to heal. During the healing period, the bone tissues bond with implant giving it more stability.
After the healing period, an abutment is fixed over implant head and a dental crown can be bonded or screwed over the abutment. The implant crowns have high chewing efficiency and can prevent bone resorption. With proper care, implant crowns can last for few decades.
Implant crown – Surgical procedure
During the first visit, Dr. Kaplan performs thorough check of status of supporting bone and oral health. If there are signs of gum disease, it may have to be treated first. Dental implant requires a healthy jawbone for support. X-rays may be taken to check the status of jawbone. On confirmation that an implant surgery can be performed, Dr. Kaplan sets a treatment plan and explains it to patients. It may take few months to a year based on complexity of the case.
Local anesthesia is used to numb the implant site. An incision is made in the gums and a series of drills are used to create a bony recess in the jawbone. The implant is torqued in planned position and the gums are sutured back. The surgical area is left to heal for few months.
Our dentist checks the status of Osseointegration during the following visits. On confirmation that the implant is integrated with the supporting bone, we take impressions of teeth and get a crown fabricated in the lab. An abutment is fixed over the implant and the crown can be bonded or screwed over it. Post restoration process our team informs patients about how to care for implant crowns and oral health.