Implant crowns replace missing teeth with a long-term, durable solution that looks great and feels similar to natural teeth. While many fear the procedure involved in placing the implant and how long it might take, it is helpful to have information on what to expect throughout the treatment process.
An overview of the procedure for implant crowns
By understanding what implant crowns are, how the procedure works and how long it takes, you can make a more informed decision as to whether or not this treatment is right for you. The following is an overview of the implant crown treatment, including key insights on what to expect throughout the process.
Implant crowns defined
Implant crowns are dental implants with a dental crown attachment. The crown itself is a small screw-like post that is placed into the jaw to serve as the root of the crown. Attached to the implant is an abutment, and the crown attaches to the abutment for a secure hold. There are many benefits of implant crowns for tooth replacement, including the ability to preserve bone density and results that last for as many as 25 years.
How the implant crown process works
The first step in the process is the initial consultation, which involves a discussion between the dental professional and the patient about treatment goals, an oral examination and dental X-rays. The dental professional can also answer questions the patient has and help them make an informed decision about treatment. The patient may require preparations such as bone grafting, and the placement procedures are performed afterward. It takes several weeks, if not longer, for the mouth to heal properly following implant placement.
How long the implant crown procedure takes
The implant crown placement procedure involves placing the implant into or on the jawbone above or below the tooth that is missing. After placement, the mouth must heal and the implant must go through a process called osseointegration, which is where the implant fuses with the bone inside of the jaw. While the procedure itself only takes a couple of hours at the very most, the recovery process takes much longer. On average, it takes three to as many as six months for the mouth to properly heal and for the implant and bone to fuse. Afterward, the abutment and crown are placed.
What to expect after the implant crown procedure
As mentioned, the recovery process following the placement of the implant is the longest stage in the process. After the procedure, there will likely be a fair amount of discomfort for a week or two. During this time, the patient should stick primarily to soft foods and water to avoid irritation and reduce the risk of an oral infection. It is also important to keep the mouth clean through good oral care and to follow all post-care instructions provided by the dental professional.
Talk to a dental professional about implant crowns
The first step towards implant crown treatment is to schedule an initial consultation with a dental professional. Get in touch with us today to learn more about treatment.
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