A special type of dental crown is an Implant Crown. In order to understand an implant crown, you should first understand the concept of a dental implant. A dental implant is a titanium screw that is placed in the jaw bone to replace a lost tooth. Then, an implant crown, which looks and feels just like a natural tooth, would be placed on top of the implant screw to replace the missing tooth. The implant screw is really just used to hold in the implant crown.
Numerous dental implants and implant crowns can be placed if more than one tooth is missing. In fact, even if you are missing all of your teeth, implant crowns can be used in some situations to replace all of your teeth.
Implant crowns are divided by the material used to make them, just like dental crowns on natural teeth:
Porcelain Implant Crowns:
Porcelain Implant Crowns are made completely of porcelain. Porcelain is an excellent material, since it is both extremely strong and aesthetic. Porcelain’s color and translucency closely matches enamel, making porcelain crowns very natural looking.
Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Implant Crowns:
Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Implant Crowns have a metal inside and porcelain on the outside. The metal inside provides strength and resistance to biting forces. The porcelain outside provides the beautiful appearance of the crown, matching the color and shape of your other teeth.
A little about me and my experiences with dental crowns:
After graduating from Tufts Dental School, I completed a residency at Boston City Hospital. Following the residency, I worked in a practice near Boston while teaching at my dental school for a few years. My wife Joanne and I then decided to move to south Florida, where I have practiced for the past twenty-five years. Over this time, cosmetic dentistry has become my passion, especially making beautiful dental crowns. In the office, we make sure that every crown blends absolutely perfectly with our patients’ natural teeth. If the color of a dental crown is slightly off, we add a little color and bake the crown in our porcelain oven until it is the perfect shade. Also, we want every crown to look gorgeous and last as long as possible, so we only use the highest quality porcelain. If we are making a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown, we only use high precious metal. In addition, to make every crown, we confidently believe that we use the best dental laboratory in the country. If you have questions about dental crowns or would like to come in for a complimentary evaluation, please feel free to contact us.