Together, Crowns & Implants Repair SmilesSeptember 6th, 2016
Peanut butter and jelly.
Milkshakes and French fries.
Batman and Robin.
Some things are great individually but become something truly special when they are put together, like dental crowns and dental implants.
We have seen this duo in action many times at Ascension Premier Dental, and they really are amazing. If you are missing a tooth, we want you to understand what these services can do.
Our dentist has used them to help several patients in and around Geismar, LA, and there’s a good chance he can help you, too.
Dental crowns have several uses, most of which are for restorative purposes.
Dental crowns are a replacement for the natural crowns of your teeth. As you may know already, the crowns are the parts of your teeth that are visible when you smile. They also allow you to grip, cut, and grind the food that you eat.
When one of your crowns becomes damaged, a dental crown can be used to restore their function and their shape.
Dental crowns can fix teeth that are chipped or cracked as a result of biting down on something that was a little too hard.
Dental crowns can repair teeth that were broken by a traumatic injury, a collision, or a fall.
And dental crowns can repair teeth that have been affected by tooth decay.
In these situations, we will remove part of the tooth in need of repair. This process creates an abutment where the dental crown can be bonded to the tooth.
This will be important to remember later.
Dental crowns replace the top part of your tooth, but what can you do to replace the roots? You can get dental implants.
Implants are like a prosthetic for your roots, just like you can get a prosthetic leg.
Your roots do some important things. First and foremost, they anchor your tooth in place. This is what give you the power to bite through your food and to chew it into smaller pieces.
Second, your roots help your jaw remain healthy. As you bite and chew, your teeth push into your jawbone. That pressure is like a signal for your jaw to create new bone tissue. This process is how your jaw maintains its shape and strength.
When you lose teeth, you lose the roots, too. This can lead to your jaw becoming smaller and weaker, and it can increase your risk of additional tooth loss.
By replacing the roots with dental implants, you have another way to provide the pressure that your jaw needs to retain its shape.
If you are missing a tooth already, we would encourage you to replace it as soon as you are able.
And the best way to do that is by getting a dental implant and a dental crown. Together, they replace both halves of your lost tooth.
The first step in this process is placing the implant in your jaw. Each of our implants is made of titanium. A big reason for that is a process called osseointegration.
When titanium is placed in a bone, the bone will grow around the implant and bond directly with it. This makes the implant both secure and stable. This adds strength to whatever is attached to the abutment end of the implant.
This abutment is where we can attach your dental crown. This is similar to how we bond dental crowns to teeth that have been reshaped in the process we described earlier.
The dental implant procedure has changed tooth replacement in modern dentistry.
In addition to supporting dental crowns for individual lost teeth, dental implants can support dental bridges for people missing multiple teeth or dentures for people who are missing one or both rows of teeth.
One More Thing
Earlier we mentioned that losing a tooth can lead to bone loss, which can lead to additional tooth loss.
This is a cycle you can stop before it gets started if you act quickly to replace any tooth that is knocked out, falls out, or is extracted.
By getting a dental implant and crown, you are helping to maintain the health of your jawbone and reduce the risk of losing more teeth.
At Ascension Premier Dental, we want you to keep as many of your teeth as you can. If you’re missing a tooth already, we don’t want you to lose any more.