Dental implants are the closest thing available to biological teeth when it comes to dental prosthetics. An implant is a titanium base used to support restorations and prosthetics like dental crowns. Implants, once stabilized, offer a full restoration of oral function that lasts for decades. When it comes to single tooth replacement, dental crowns are attached to implants to complete the tooth replacement process. After an implant is embedded, patients will visit with Dr. Weber to begin the process of their restoration’s fabrication.
The Basics on Dental Implant Restorations
A dental implant is used to replace the missing root system of a tooth by embedding it into the jawbone through the empty tooth socket. Since it is made from titanium, it is biocompatible with the body. Over time, bone will fuse around the implant’s structure to secure it in place permanently. Once implants are stable, they can be fitted with a custom restoration (dental crown or bridge).
Restorations attach to dental implants through abutments and are used to replace the visible surfaces of teeth. Shaped like a tooth, an implant restoration will provide a stable biting surface for chewing food so that patients enjoy ideal oral function and no dietary restrictions. If a person chooses white materials such as porcelain or porcelain fused to metal for their implant’s restorations, he or she will enjoy a very natural looking replacement tooth. In fact, porcelain is practically indistinguishable from healthy teeth.
Another option for implant restorations is bridges. A bridge consists of multiple dental crowns and can replace several teeth in a row. When a bridge is anchored to dental implants, patients enjoy a secure and stable tooth replacement solution.
Materials Used to Make Restorations
While porcelain is popular for dental implant restorations, there are other materials available. Some patients choose gold or silver because of their durability. Recently, zirconium has become a popular restoration material.
If you have suffered from tooth loss, dental implants are a great tooth replacement option. Call our office today to set up a consultation with Dr. Weber.
Implant Restorations FAQS
Dental implants are biocompatible prosthetics that replace the roots of teeth. Once the jawbone surrounding them stabilizes these titanium components, they are ready for the last step of the tooth replacement process: attaching an implant restoration.
An implant restoration will fill in the empty tooth socket and provide the necessary surface area for eating food. Restorations attached to implants are custom made so that they are the exact size and shape a patient needs. An implant restoration could be a dental crown to replace a single tooth, ora bridge to replace multiple teeth.
Restorations can be made from a few different materials. Common options are metals like gold, or porcelain, which lends a very lifelike appearance. Once the permanent restoration is in place, a person can resume normal oral function and enjoy the benefits of a complete smile.
Candidacy for dental implants is a process that needs to be carefully determined. The best candidates for dental implants should have healthy bone mass to support the titanium component that replaces the roots of a tooth. Bone is important because it will hold an implant in place for decades to come along with providing the necessary support to prevent movement of prosthetics. For instance, those who wear conventional partial or full dentures often experience denture movement over time. In addition to needing enough bone to support a dental implant, patients should be committed to maintaining their oral health by having routine checkups and cleanings as well as by performing meticulous oral hygiene.
The restorations attached to dental implants must be custom made. To make a restoration for an implant, a dentist needs to determine its specifications. First, impressions of existing teeth and the mouth need to be taken. Then digital images are taken and uploaded to a computer. This data along with the impressions will be used to develop the exact measurements for a restoration’s shape and size. Then, laboratory technicians will begin constructing the restoration from the materials of a person’s choosing. The entire process can take a few weeks but in the meantime, patients can wear temporary prosthetics.
A restoration’s dimensions is incredibly important because it must fit between biological teeth (and other existing restorations) and not be too large or too small so that oral function is improved, not diminished. Moreover, a crown or bridge attached to an implant should complement a person’s face and mouth so that the tooth replacement process does not negatively affect one’s aesthetic.
Due to the customized nature of an implant restoration, the craftsmanship and precision needed to create them is reflected in their cost. Moreover, costs vary based on certain factors such as the materials chosen for the restoration and the type of restoration needed. For instance, porcelain is a more expensive material than gold and bridges require more materials and time to make than dental crowns.
When it comes to finding out how much dental implant restorations will cost, we recommend speaking to our staff after your consultation with our dentist. We can provide estimates and file your insurance claims on your behalf.