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How Dental Crowns Are Attached to Implants

Feb 23

Dental implants are a specific kind of oral device that can be used to replace teeth that have been lost. These apparatuses may give the impression of being a single, cohesive unit, but closer inspection reveals that they are made up of three distinct sections. Because the components are kept separate, even if one of them fails, it won't be necessary to replace the entire implant. Instead, if it is required to do so, only a single component needs to be replaced.


Implants include three components: the post, the abutment, and the crown. The post is the main component. The post is essentially a titanium screw that is screwed into the jawbone during surgery. It serves as the new artificial tooth root that supports the crown and the abutment, and it does this job. The abutment is a little support structure in the shape of a peg that connects the post to the crown. Last but not least, the dental crown is the part of the implant that actually looks like a tooth and is responsible for filling in the gap left by missing teeth.


You should also keep in mind that the initial session will not be the one during which you will receive your permanent implant crown. In order for the bone to heal completely around the post and provide the maximum amount of support, a healing period of approximately four to six months is required to wait.


Screw-retained Dental Crowns


Dental crowns that are screw-retained provide for retention as well as retrievability. This means that they maintain abutments and crowns in place effectively while also allowing for ease of removal, replacement, and restoration without causing damage to adjacent components. Dental crowns that are secured with screws require less effort to maintain over time.


These crowns contain a small hole in the top that serves as a channel for the screw that is used to join the fake tooth to the abutment. The screw is inserted through the artificial tooth. Crowns will inevitably need to be replaced at some point, and screw-retained crowns make the process of doing so significantly simpler. However, because these dental crowns include a hole on the top of the tooth, it is not advisable to get them for teeth that are going to be shown when you smile. These are most suited for usage on the back teeth, where the hole created by the filling will not be as noticeable.


The screw may become less secure with time, but this issue can be readily remedied by seeing a dentist who can simply retighten the screw in its original position.


Cemented Dental Crowns


Crowns that are cemented are attached to the abutment by means of a specialized form of dental cement. Crowns that are cemented in place are more cosmetically beautiful; nevertheless, replacing and maintaining cemented crowns is slightly more complex. It is not possible to remove or replace cemented crowns, in contrast to crowns retained by screws, which may be disassembled and replaced with relative ease. When cemented crowns become loose or fall off, the entire crown must be extracted.


Many individuals who have dental implants are concerned about how crowns that contain screws would look. Dental crowns that are cemented into place are by far the superior option for the front and top teeth.


In The End, A Dentist Will Help You Make The Right Call


The manner in which a crown is secured to a dental implant will be determined, to a large extent, by the specifics of each patient's case and their own personal preferences. Your dentist will talk you through all of your options and discuss the positives and negatives associated with each one as you go. Give River District Smiles Dentistry a call or come see us in person if you have any questions about receiving dental implants to replace teeth that are either damaged or missing.