Dental implant fixtures are the first step in replacing a missing tooth. But they are just that—a fixture that replaces tooth roots. A restoration (to replace the upper white part of your tooth that shows when you smile) must be secured to the root form. Only then is your smile complete.
A restoration, or implant crown, can be made to screw onto the implant fixture, or to be cemented onto it. Which should you ask for? Rather than insist on a particular type of crown, ask your implant dentist which type he or she prefers. Some implant dentists use both types, and make a selection on a case-by-case basis.
Dental implant crowns – What do the facts show?
The Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry reveals that published studies from January 1995 to March 2015 show that implant crowns that are cemented have higher implant-survival rates, result in less bone loss, and have fewer complications than screwed-in implants.
If you are considering dental implants, we recommend that you have consultations with two to three implants dentists. Ask what method the dentist uses to secure crowns to the implant. But don’t base your decision on that alone. Choose an experienced dentist who has completed many cases similar to your own. Ask to see pictures of restored teeth, and ask what is done to ensure successful implant placement and longevity.
Your goal is to receive healthy tooth replacement—from fixture to crown. The foundation of the implants must be sound to receive truly successful results.
Be certain to follow after-care instructions for best results, some of which are:
- Floss around and brush the implant as you would a natural tooth.
- Avoid smoking, because it can interfere with the healing process.
- Avoid foods or drinks that can harm the surgical site.
- Keep your regularly schedule follow-up appointments to ensure that the healing process is going well.
This post is sponsored by Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Joseph Rota.