Missing teeth can impact more than just a beautiful smile— it can also cause changes to the smile that patients will need ample time and money to fix. Instead, patients who have a lost tooth or have had a tooth extracted will want to talk to their dentist about possible replacement options. For many, a single tooth is best replaced with a dental implant and a restorative dental crown. This solution is appropriate for many of our patients with tooth loss. At Gentle Dentistry, in Tampa, FL, we can help you with this.
What are the advantages of dental implant crowns?
Replacing missing teeth used to be achieved with removable dentures or dental bridges, but now, with dental implants, patients have a more reliable option to consider. Dentures slip from the gums, and dental bridges can require the removal of healthy tooth enamel on surrounding teeth just to fill the gap. Many patients choose implant crowns because they are:
- Durable and longer lasting than alternative options
- Best for overall oral hygiene
- An improvement for speech
- An intelligent investment in the smile
How are implant crowns placed?
First, the dentist will need to place the dental implant, which is a tooth root replacement. This procedure is sometimes completed in a specialist’s office. This post is made of titanium, an element that actually fuses biologically to your natural bone so it is completely safe. Once placed in the jawbone during oral surgery, three to four months of healing is usually needed to allow the bone to grow around the implant and anchor it in place. Once complete, a dental crown is fabricated to place over the abutment of the dental implant. This crown is manufactured to match the patient’s existing teeth’ size, shape, and color to ensure integration and natural appearance. Patients who maintain the health of their smiles will enjoy their dental implants for life!
How do I learn more about efficient tooth replacement with dental implants and crowns?
If you are located in the Tampa, FL area and want to learn more about dental implants to improve oral health while replacing a missing tooth, call the office of Gentle Dentistry in Tampa, FL. The practice is at 3500 East Fletcher Avenue, Suite #221, and can be reached at (813) 734-7102 to request an appointment with Dr. Angela Rasmussen or Dr. Amanda del Cueto.