Implant Retained Dental Crowns – Norman, Oklahoma
Recreate a Single Lost Tooth
At the Norman dental office of Bobby J. Carmen, DDS, we are dedicated to going the extra mile to deliver dental care that exceeds expectations and delivers healthy, beautiful smiles that last. If you’ve lost one or more teeth, it’s important that you call our office as soon as possible to schedule a tooth replacement consultation. Dr. Carmen offers both traditional fixed bridge restoration as well as single tooth dental implants to fully restore your smile.
Importance of Replacing Teeth
Even one lost tooth can profoundly impact your oral health. The remaining teeth will shift to fill in the gaps, leading to bite alignment concerns potentially reversing the results of costly orthodontic treatments. Additionally, surrounding teeth will need to absorb the bite pressure of the lost tooth. This additional burden can lead to teeth chipping, cracking, or breaking. It also wears down the enamel more quickly, which increases risk for tooth decay. Overtime, further tooth loss is possible when the lack of stimulus from the lost tooth roots leads to diminished jawbone density and gum tissue volume, allowing surrounding teeth to break free from the supportive structures. Even if you’ve only lost one tooth and it’s not visible within the smile line, it’s still essential that you restore the tooth to maintain the optimal level of oral health.
Quality, Custom Dental Crowns
Traditionally, an individual tooth will be replaced using a dental crown supported fixed bridge restoration. These tooth replacement prosthetics are crafted by fusing a replacement tooth to two dental crowns. The crowns are then attached to surrounding healthy teeth that anchor your restoration. While this closely mimics lost tooth structure, it fails to restore the tooth roots and requires the removal of healthy tooth structure to support the fixed bridge.
Instead, we recommend combining the highest quality custom dental crowns with a dental implant post. This restoration option most closely mimics the natural structure of a lost tooth, and it maintains bone and soft tissue density and preserves the healthy structure of surrounding teeth. Our quality dental crowns look and feel just like healthy, natural teeth, and with proper care, you can keep an implant supported crown restoration for two decades or longer.
The Dental Implant Process
Dental implant placement and restoration takes place over the course of several treatment phases that are usually completed as follows:
- Consultation – we review oral and overall health history, medications, etc. to determine the best treatment options.
- Preparation – we remove damaged teeth, place tissue grafts, and provide treatment to deliver optimal oral health.
- Implantation – the implant post is surgically positioned below the gum line.
- Osseointegration – the implant fuses to the gum and bone tissue, mimicking the lost tooth roots
- Restoration – your dental crown is designed and affixed to the implant post, recreating your flawless smile.
Benefits of Implant Retained Dental Crowns
There are a number of benefits to replacing a tooth using dental implant supported crowns rather than fixed bridge restorations, including:
- Longevity – implant supported dental crowns have a 90% success rate after 20 years.
- Optimal oral health – you’ll maintain healthy gum and bone tissue as well as preserving the enamel of your healthy teeth.
- Natural look & feel – you can speak, chew, and smile with total confidence that no one will see anything but healthy teeth.