A missing tooth can significantly affect your appearance and take a toll on your overall oral health. At Sandcreek Dental in Idaho Falls, ID, Dr. Mark Tall can place implant-supported crowns, which provide unparalleled stability and encourage jawbone regeneration to guard against further tooth loss. Like traditional dental crowns, implant-supported crowns are tooth-shaped, custom-crafted restorations. The primary difference, however, is that while a traditional crown is bonded to a natural tooth, an implant-supported crown is attached to a dental implant. For your convenience, our advanced CEREC® technology allows us to place your implant-supported crown in a single appointment.
Individuals who are missing one tooth or are experiencing isolated tooth loss may be eligible for an implant-supported crown. Patients considering this treatment option should be in good general health and should not smoke. Additionally, candidates should be free from gum disease and extensive tooth decay. If these issues are present, we can address them before beginning implant treatment.
The dental implant replaces the tooth root, while the restoration replaces the crown for optimal chewing function and long-lasting oral health.
Qualifying patients must also have sufficient jawbone density to accommodate the dental implant. If you have bone loss, Dr. Tall can perform a bone graft or sinus lift to replace lost tissue and prepare your jawbone for dental implants. Although any preparatory procedures will likely add several months to the total treatment timeline, most patients find it is well worth the wait. If preparatory procedures are not advisable, Dr. Tall can place mini dental implants. The posts have a smaller diameter, making them a good option for patients who have lost jawbone tissue.
Once you are ready to receive your dental implants, we will schedule an appointment for your surgery. For patients who are nervous about undergoing treatment, Dr. Tall offers nitrous oxide sedation. To begin the procedure, we will numb your gums with local anesthesia. Next, Dr. Tall will make a small incision and strategically place the implant into the jawbone. Once complete, he will close the incision with sutures.
Your implant will require about three to six months of healing before Dr. Tall can attach your crown. He will use a small connector, known as an abutment, to affix the crown to the implant post. Then, Dr. Tall can check your bite and make any necessary last-minute adjustments.
Until the advent of dental implants, a single missing tooth was routinely replaced with a traditional dental bridge. Placement of a conventional bridge involves substantially reshaping the adjacent natural teeth to serve as anchors for the restoration, which can weaken an otherwise healthy tooth. An implant-supported crown does not have this drawback, as all healthy tooth structure is left intact.
In addition, replacing a missing tooth with an implant prevents bone atrophy by stimulating the nerves within the jawbone. The dental implant replaces the tooth root, while the restoration replaces the crown for optimal chewing function and long-lasting oral health.
If you have a gap in your smile, an implant-supported crown might be a viable treatment option for you. To explore your treatment options, contact us online or give us a call at (208) 525-4780.