Implant Supported Crowns and Bridges
Nothing replaces your natural teeth, but implant-supported crowns and bridges come as close as it gets
As a Certified Dental Technician (CDT) before he became a dentist, Dr. Tyler gained invaluable experience, working several years in a dental lab.
As a lab technician, he specifically specialized in fabricating crowns and bridges for both teeth and dental implants. These experiences are noticeable when you receive the technically proficient treatment he provides for his patients, particularly when doing implant-supported restorations.
What is an implant-supported crown?
Implant supported crowns are a type of restoration used on patients who are missing only one tooth. It is a long-lasting and more natural-looking way of replacing a missing tooth. This type of restoration is able to replace a missing tooth from root to crown, which allows for it to work just as a natural tooth.
What is an implant-supported bridge?
A traditional bridge uses teeth on either side of the gap where teeth are missing for support. An implant-supported bridge uses two or more dental implants rather than the adjacent teeth. When a bridge uses natural teeth for attachment, the natural teeth must be prepped for crowns and are then subject to increased stress which may be damaging – particularly if the existing tooth, roots, or surrounding bone structure are already compromised. A dental implant-supported bridge replaces your missing teeth and avoids putting any additional stress on your natural teeth.
What are implant-supported crowns and bridges made of?
An implant-supported crown or bridge consists of several parts:
- The dental implant(s), which are made of titanium, are placed in the upper or lower jawbone to replace the root of the missing tooth or teeth.
- The abutment(s) can be made of titanium, gold or porcelain. It is attached to the implant(s) with a screw. This part connects the implant(s) to the crown or bridge.
- The restoration (the part that looks like a tooth or teeth) is the implant-supported crown or bridge. It is usually made of tooth-colored ceramics, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or composite resin. The crown or bridge is screwed or cemented onto the abutment. If the restoration is screwed to the abutment, the screw hole will be covered with tooth-colored composite filling material.
CEREC Implant-Supported Crowns and Bridges
Combining Dr. Tyler’s certification in dental laboratory technology (CDT), and prosthodontic advanced education and training, with CEREC advanced digital technology your implant-supported crowns and bridges can be fabricated efficiently and exceptionally in a single visit.
What is the success rate of implant-supported crowns and bridges?
For a healthy individual with good oral hygiene, dental implants have reported success rates above 90-95 percent. Good oral hygiene is very important to the success of an implant-supported prosthesis. Although the implant and the restoration can’t decay, you’ll need to make sure the area around them is especially clean to prevent gum problems. Professional dental hygiene visits, particularly for dental implant maintenance, are important to avoid peri-implantitis, an inflammatory process that can damage the soft tissue and bone around the implant.
Just like natural teeth, an implant prosthesis can wear and break. The lifespan of these restorations often depends on many factors, including oral habits, like teeth grinding. In many cases, a night guard is indicated to protect your implant and prosthesis.
If you want the best option for replacing a tooth or multiple teeth make sure to ask your prosthodontist about dental implant prosthetics; they surely have a lot to offer.
For any further questions about implant-supported crowns and bridges please do not hesitate to ask us.