Implant-Supported Crowns as a Single Tooth Replacement
According to the American College of Prosthodontists, over 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Although a single missing tooth may not seem like a major cause for concern, it can eventually lead to bone loss, shifting teeth, and misalignment if left untreated.
During a consultation at KFA Dental in Farmingdale, NY, Drs. Donald Kahn, Daniel Aldieri, and Angela Ferrari can help you decide what the best tooth replacement option for you is. If you have sufficient bone tissue, are healthy enough for oral surgery, and are committed to good oral health, an implant-supported crown can provide plentiful benefits and prevent long-term oral health issues.
An implant-supported crown replaces both the tooth and root for a more natural, comfortable fit.
Importance of Replacing a Missing Tooth
A missing tooth can lead to serious, painful consequences that require extensive, costly restorative dental work. Some of the most common problems include:
- Shifting: Your remaining teeth may reposition themselves in your gums to try to fill in the gap left by your missing tooth.
- Misalignment: Shifting teeth can compromise your bite and affect your ability to chew or speak properly.
- Periodontal Disease: Missing and shifting teeth make it difficult to practice good oral hygiene and can lead to gum disease and eventually additional tooth loss.
- Bone Loss: Your tooth roots carry important signals from your teeth to your jaws. When you lose a tooth, your jawbone lacks the necessary vibrations and can begin to deteriorate.
- Prematurely Aged Look: Jawbone collapse can lead to changes in your facial structure and make you appear aged or sunken.
While a traditional crown can help restore a broken, decayed, or cosmetically concerning tooth, an implant is the best way to prevent the onset of bone loss. While your crown will require replacement every five to ten years, dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care and good oral hygiene. A study by Dental Economics found that 97 percent of dental implants met their expected lifetime success rate.
What to Expect During Treatment
In order to qualify for an implant-supported crown, you must be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery, be free of periodontal disease and other oral health concerns, and be committed to a healthy lifestyle. One of our doctors will surgically place your implant and provide you with a temporary crown to restore symmetry to your bite during the recovery period.
A missing tooth can have hidden, serious, long-term consequences if left untreated.
Once your implants are fully healed four to six months after surgery, you can come back to our office to receive your permanent dental crown. Our office works with a highly skilled lab to create natural-looking, durable dental crowns made of zirconia or IPS e.max®. Thanks to the high quality materials, careful placement, and implant support, these crowns can look and function as great as your surrounding natural teeth.
Schedule a Consultation
A missing tooth can have hidden, serious, long-term consequences if left untreated. At KFA Dental, we combine Nobel Biocare® products, our combined affiliations with the International Congress of Oral Implantology, and decades of professional dentistry experience to provide you with long-lasting, effective treatment options. Schedule a consultation at our office by calling (516) 249-1188 or contacting us online.