What are tooth implants and implant crowns?
Tooth implants are medical grade titanium screws that are used to replicate the roots of missing teeth.
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 tooth implants and implant crowns?
When you are missing a tooth, an 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 graft// 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 3-5 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 tooth 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!