Implant-Retained Crown – Skokie, IL
Completely Repair Your Grin
Once a gap has appeared in your smile, you’ll start to suffer all kinds of consequences. Your remaining teeth will shift into the space, your jawbone will break down, and you could lose confidence in your appearance. No matter where missing teeth are located, they should be replaced as soon as possible, and the best way to do that could be with implant-retained crowns in Skokie. Interested in learning more about how an implant post can be used to recomplete your grin? Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schwartz.
Tooth Replacement Options
When just one tooth is missing, there are basically two options for replacing it. The traditional method is to use a restoration called a fixed bridge. Two crowns are placed over the teeth next to the gap and hold a prosthetic between them – hence “bridging” the empty space. Bridges are a highly reliable way to restore missing teeth so that you can continue to eat, speak, and smile. They can also be placed in just two appointments and are affordable compared to other restorations.
However, there are a few drawbacks to receiving a bridge, not the least of which is the permanent changes that will have to be made to your teeth. In most cases, we can’t place a crown without first removing some enamel from the tooth meant to support it. Needless to say, this could end up weakening your remaining teeth. Another disadvantage is the fact that the root of the missing tooth will not be replaced, and that could lead to bone loss in the jaw. Because of these reasons, dental implants are often the ideal solution for replacing a tooth.
What is an Implant-Retained Crown?
An implant is a metal post that is surgically placed below the gum line. It’s normally made from titanium, although sometimes zirconia can be used instead (which may be the case if you suffer from an allergy or sensitivity to metal). What’s unique about implants is that they integrate with the jawbone itself in order to act as replacement tooth roots. Once an implant has joined with the jaw, we can restore it with a dazzling dental crown. Each crown will be uniquely designed to look as natural as possible in your mouth in terms of shape, size, and color.
Benefits of Implant-Retained Crowns
There are several unique advantages of choosing an implant-retained crown over a dental bridge. For example:
- There’s no need to modify or remove healthy natural teeth; the dental implant will provide all the support the crown needs for biting and chewing.
- Since the post interfaces with the jaw itself, it stimulates the bone and stops it from resorbing.
- An implant-retained crown will feel much like your original tooth, and most people won’t even know you’ve had a tooth replaced.
- While bridges normally last about 10 years or so, an implant can last 30 years or longer with proper care (which is as simple as brushing, flossing, and attending regular dental checkups as you normally would).