Dental crowns are essential in restorative dentistry. Crowns are placed over root canals, damaged teeth, and on implants. Most people don’t realize that the crowns placed on root canals are similar to identical to the crowns placed on dental implants.

If you’re considering dental implants read on to understand how the crowns will top off your new smile.

Crowns are the “teeth” placed on the posts that your periodontist implants.  

Understanding Dental Implants:

Dental implants are titanium posts surgically placed in your jawbone that serve as artificial tooth roots. After the posts are placed in your jaw, they will integrate with your bone and provide a sturdy foundation for a prosthetic tooth, such as a dental crown. By integrating with the bone, we mean your bone will grow around the implant and hold it in place, just like a tooth root.

The Role of Dental Crowns on Implants:

Dental crowns are custom-made caps that fit over a prepared tooth or implant. Crowns on implants serve several important functions:

1. Aesthetic Restoration:

  • Dental crowns on implants are designed to look like your natural teeth. They come in various shades and shapes, so that they seamlessly blend with your existing teeth.

2. Functional Tooth Replacement:

  • Crowns restore the function of the missing tooth. This means you can chew, speak, and smile with confidence.

3. Protection for the Implant:

  • Crowns safeguard the underlying implant, preventing damage or wear and tear that might otherwise affect the implant’s longevity.

4. Protection for Your Existing Teeth:

  • If you are missing a tooth and don’t replace it, the other teeth in your mouth can shift, this includes even if you have an implant. The crown protects the balance of the teeth on that are on the opposite jaw.

How Are Dental Crowns Placed on Your Implants:

The process typically involves several steps:

1. Implant Placement: First the dentist or oral surgeon will surgically place the implant in your jawbone. It can take several weeks for it to heal and integrate into your bone.  

2. Abutment Placement: Once the implant has healed up, on of our top Chicago dentists will attach an abutment to the implant. Your crown will sit on top of the abutment but first…

3. Crown Fabrication: On of our top Chicago dentists will take an impression of the abutment to create a custom dental crown. The crown is usually made porcelain or ceramic, so that it blends seamlessly with your natural teeth.

4. Crown Attachment: For the final step the dentist will securely attach the crown to the abutment, completing the implant restoration. They adjust your crown to make sure you have a comfortable bite and natural appearance.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Crowns on Implants:

  1. Dental crowns are durable enough to withstand chewing and biting for a long time.
  2. They look and feel like natural teeth. You’ll have your old smile back.
  3. Crowns are comfortable and provide a stable for chewing. You’ll be able to eat a wide range of foods.
  4. Unlike traditional dental bridges, crowns on implants do not rely on your adjacent teeth for support. This preserves the surrounding natural teeth.
  5. Your smile will be good as new.

Dental crowns on implants are an exceptional solution for you to replace missing teeth. They are durable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing. Whether you’ve lost a single tooth or multiple teeth, dental crowns offer the ability to regain your smile’s full potential. If you’re considering dental implants and crowns, we offer a free initial consultation. Schedule a time with one of our top Chicago dentists by calling 773-481-2200 or online here