Dental implants have become a preferred tooth replacement solution. They look natural, function well, and help to preserve facial bone. Careful attention to implant crowns can make a big difference in longevity of the restoration and patient satisfaction. Dr. Ryan Lepore takes pride in this area of concierge dentistry, giving patients from Clearwater Beach, Largo, Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs, and Dunedin, FL one more thing to smile about.
A dental implant replaces the root of a missing tooth. The device is implanted into the jawbone, where it becomes solidly fused. That process of osseointegration forms a strong foundation for the restoration – the dental crown that completes your smile and allows you to chew. A post, called an abutment, connects the crown to the implant.
Implant vs. Bridge
Many patients ask if they should do a bridge instead of an implant or vice versa. Our philosophy is as long as a patient is medically stable, an implant usually serves as a better tooth replacement option over a bridge. An Implant is independent and is cleaned individually, separate from the adjacent teeth. Many patients are disappointed when a bridge fails that ALL teeth in the bridge complex need to be replaced, even if it affects only one tooth of a bridge. Patients usually find that implants are easier to keep clean and be maintained.
Options in implant crowns in Dunedin, FL
With any treatment you receive here, you have assurance that care is planned and performed for optimal results in your unique situation. Implant crowns are no exception.
- Cemented – An implant crown can be attached to the abutment with dental cement. Dr. Lepore recommends this method for beautiful aesthetics in anterior (front teeth). A wide variety of implant positions can be accommodated with cemented crowns, and the restoration can be removed without damage if that ever becomes necessary.
- Screw-retained – A tiny screw is placed through an access hole to secure the crown to the abutment, and a bit of composite bonding material hides the opening. Screw-retention can be a good choice for molars subjected to extreme bite force. This technique is also advised for immediate load (same day) implants, and provisional (temporary) restorations sometimes placed while soft tissues heal. A screw-retained crown is easily removed.
At Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry, we treat implant crowns as part of a larger strategy of preserving oral health, overall wellness, and gorgeous smiles. Call (727) 608-4690 in Dunedin, FL to talk with Dr. Lepore about your options.