An implant is a medical grade titanium screw that is used to replicate the roots of a missing tooth. An implant crown is a fake porcelain tooth that is affixed to the implant, thus mimicking a tooth in both appearance and function.
Why would I want an implant and an implant crown?
When you are missing a tooth, and implant and implant crown will give you back both your natural appearance and your natural chewing function without having to do any treatment on the teeth next to it.
How does it work?
Sometimes the implant can be placed in the bone during the same appointment that the tooth is extracted and a bone preservation material is placed around the implant. If this cannot be done, then the bone graft is placed and typically given about 4 months to heal and become dense enough for the implant. Once the implant is placed in the bone, the implant is allowed to “rest” for about 3-4 months so that your body can work to stabilize the implant and ensure that it doesn’t move around in your bone. After we know the implant is stable, we design an implant crown – the tooth that will go on the implant. We attach the implant crown to the implant, and you can go about your normal life with your new tooth! Head over to our dentures section to learn about how implants can help hold and secure your denture more firmly in your mouth.
Tooth is extracted and socket preservation is placed
3D facial scan and impressions are made to plan the surgery
Digitally guided surgery is performed to place implant in the bone
Implant is fully healed, impression is made of the implant