The replacement of a natural tooth using a titanium screw in which is restored typically with a single crown, a bridge, or a removable appliance.
Types of Implant Crowns
A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed in the jawbone that allows a dentist to place a restoration on top.
An abutment is a titanium, gold, or ceramic attachment that connects a dental implant to a restoration such as a crown, bridge, or denture. This abutment is held in place to the implant by an abutment screw. Abutments may be prefabricated or custom made by dental laboratories.
Cement-retained Implant Crown:
This type of implant crown is cemented to an abutment much like a typical crown is cemented to a natural tooth. Oftentimes, this crown must be cut off to access the abutment and implant underneath.
Screw-retained Implant Crown:
This type of implant crown combines a crown with the abutment into one solid piece that attaches directly to the dental implant without the need for any cement. The access hole on the top part of the crown allows the dentist to place and remove the crown simply by having direct access to the screw that holds the crown to the implant. The access hole is often covered with the same type of filling material used to perform fillings.
3-unit Implant-Supported Bridge:
A 3-unit implant supported bridge involves two dental implants placed in the mouth that hold three crowns. Much like a traditional bridge, a 3-unit implant bridge replaces a missing tooth by having the two adjacent crowns hold the crown in the missing tooth’s place.
Multi-Unit Implant-Supported Bridge:
Similar to the 3-unit bridge, a multi-unit implant supported bridge has two implants crowns on both ends that are attached to multiple crowns in-between to replace missing teeth.
Radiographic Interpretation (CBCT):
Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray equipment used when regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. We may use this technology to produce three dimensional (3-D) images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan. The doctor will then sit down and review the CBCT and document his findings as well as recommend corresponding treatment.
Surgical Placement of Dental Implant:
A device specially designed to be placed surgically within or on the mandibular (lower jaw bone) or maxillary (upper) bone as a means of providing for dental replacement. Typically, a titanium screw is the actual implant.
Restoring Implants with a Single Crown:
The process of having a crown (tooth) placed on top of the implant after it is healed. There are two types of implant crowns: Cement retained with an abutment