Teeth play an important part in life. Whether we’re eating, drinking, speaking, or smiling, healthy teeth help us fulfill a wide range of tasks and achieve a happy and social lifestyle. Missing or decaying teeth leave gaps in the smile that can be functionally and aesthetically frustrating for patients. At Thornton Park Dental Arts, we are dedicated to providing high-quality dental implants so every patient can have the beautiful smile they deserve. No matter the issue with a tooth or multiple teeth, our dentists in Orlando, FL, are here to restore your smile. Contact us today to schedule a dental implant appointment!
Implant-supported crowns consist of three parts: a dental implant, a porcelain crown, and an abutment. The abutment is similar to a tiny screw that connects the implant and crown. After the dental implant is secured in the mouth, a crown or “cap” is placed on top to mimic the look of natural teeth. Unlike dental bridges, the crowns are ideal for single tooth replacements from missing or damaged teeth. Implant-supported bridges are an optimal tooth-replacement option for patients with multiple missing teeth. Rather than use multiple individual implants to replace missing teeth, a dental bridge is a permanent solution that makes it easy to all-at-once repair and restore a complete smile. Because implant-supported bridges may replace a portion of the teeth’s roots, bone loss is kept to a minimum. Bridges can also fix a patient’s bite or prevent other teeth from moving out of place. If you’re unsure which type of implant is right for you, contact our dentist office in Orlando, FL to schedule an appointment.
There are numerous benefits to replacing missing or worn teeth with an implant-supported crown or bridge. Since the crown or bridge is secured to an implant, they are self-supporting, meaning they promote proper oral health to the surrounding teeth. Also, they look and feel just like natural teeth, so once they’re in, your smile will look as good as new! Unlike removable dentures or traditional bridges, implant-supported crowns and bridges don’t involve treatment to other surrounding teeth, just the teeth that are broken or missing.
Patients may be suitable candidates for implant-supported crowns or bridges if the following factors apply.
Replacing missing teeth with an implant-supported crown or bridge is a multi-step process. First, one of our dentists will prepare your smile by removing the damaged teeth from the mouth, placing tissue grafts in the gums, and performing other treatments designed to boost oral health. Next, we’ll insert one or multiple dental implants and screw them into place, making sure they fit correctly before the healing process begins. After the implants are in place, patients wait 3–6 months for the implants to fuse with the gum line. Once this healing period is over, patients come back in to have the abutments screwed in at the top of the implants, and the design for the final pieces is shipped off. Once our dentists receive the final implants, they’ll then attach the crown or bridge to the implants.
Unlike traditional dental crowns and bridges, implant-supported crowns and bridges are for teeth completely missing or damaged beyond repair that require complete replacement. Full-coverage crowns don’t extend below the gums or root themselves in place. These crowns are placed on existing teeth that have severe tooth decay or teeth that recently undergone a root canal. Dental bridges need maintenance every 5–7 years, but implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss.
If you’re ready to restore your smile, get in touch with our team of Orlando dentists. At Thornton Park Dental Arts, we are dedicated to giving every patient the smile they’ve always wanted for a happier and healthier life. Don’t wait — contact us today to schedule an implant appointment.