The next best thing to natural teeth: A guide to implant-supported crowns for tooth replacement
At High Forest Dental, we see the “forest” and the “trees.” We account for the fine details that contribute to both your one-of-a-kind treatment plan and patient experience that sets us apart from other dentists in and around Littleton, Colorado.
Led by Dr. Allison Brown, our team also sees the “big picture” – those characteristics outside of the condition of your teeth and gums that contribute to the “whole you” and play a role in the treatments we recommend. Implant crowns represent one of the best things we can do for your smile and your whole self.
What is an implant crown? Let’s break it down:
- Each tooth has a natural crown. The crown is the white, visible part of the tooth above the gumline. This crown is covered in ultra-strong enamel, which protects the innermost dentin layer and the nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels inside the tooth (the pulp).
Dr. Brown can build up or strengthen crowns weakened by wear and tear, traumatic injuries, dental decay, and other oral conditions. Our dental crowns fit over the remaining healthy prepared tooth structure. Made from materials such as ceramic or porcelain, these crowns are cemented to the tooth to restore an attractive appearance, healthy structure, and proper function.
- Dental implants represent one part of a replacement tooth. Each implant is designed to replace (and function like) a tooth root. The implant is made from a biocompatible material, which naturally fuses with the bone once it is surgically positioned in the jaw. After this process has occurred, prosthetic teeth are attached to the implants.
Since they are embedded in the jaw, implants provide the utmost support and stability to the replacement teeth. For individuals missing one tooth, a crown may be stabilized in the jaw by a single implant. Additional implants may be placed in the jawbone to retain several prosthetic teeth; for instance, as part of an implant-supported bridge or denture.
Because implants mimic the structure of natural teeth, patient satisfaction with their new implant-supported teeth is high. Also, implants keep the jawbone strong. Tooth loss is associated with bone loss. As the bone shrinks (if you don’t use it, you lose it!), difficulty with eating and speech becomes worse. The lower part of the face collapses, and wrinkles or folds look more prominent. So, this process can age you, too. With implants, you never have to worry about these and other complications!
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High Forest Dental blends timeless non-judgmental, fear-free, and authentically kind dentistry with advanced technologies and training to support the latest, safest, and greatest treatments – like dental implants and same-day crowns.
Call (303) 951-3717 to reach our team in Littleton, CO. When you call, be sure to ask about our money-saving, no-strings-attached, in-house membership plans.