Whether a result of extensive decay, accidental trauma, or advanced periodontal disease, a missing tooth can negatively affect the way you eat, speak, and smile. If you are considering your tooth replacement options for a single damaged or missing tooth, implant-supported crowns offer unparalleled stability, support, and aesthetics.
Additionally, implant-supported crowns can prevent the onset of future oral health problems, such as shifting teeth and jawbone atrophy. Dr. Haitham J. Ennabi and his team of doctors can place and restore dental implants at his offices in Hopewell Junction, NY and Pawling, providing comprehensive treatment from start to finish.
While conventional bridges are a good option for treating missing teeth, implant-supported crowns boast added stability, longevity, and support for your surrounding bone tissue.
The Importance of Replacing a Missing Tooth
If left untreated, a single missing tooth can have serious consequences on your oral health, such as:
- Additional Movement: Your remaining teeth may shift to fill in the space left by your missing tooth, resulting in changes to your bite.
- Jawbone Atrophy: Your teeth send important regenerative signals to your jawbone through the roots that ensure the tissue receives nutrients. Almost immediately after losing a tooth, the jawbone begins to resorb and deteriorate.
- Prematurely Aged Appearance: Because changes in jawbone density can affect the structure of your face, missing teeth often leave patients looking older than they are.
Furthermore, replacing a missing tooth can leave you feeling more confident in your smile and appearance.
Implant-Supported Crowns vs. Dental Bridges
Although many patients choose to replace a missing tooth with a traditional dental bridge, there are a number of benefits to choosing a single implant-supported restoration. Because bridges are held in place by two adjacent crowns, the teeth on either side of the gap must be modified to support them. In contrast, implant-supported crowns are supported by dental implants alone and allow you to preserve the natural tooth structure of the surrounding healthy teeth.
Benefits of Implant-Retained Crowns
Dr. Ennabi and his associates work with a variety of materials tailored to your needs, budget, and desired outcomes. Patients who choose high-quality porcelain or zirconia restorations can enjoy incredibly lifelike results and restorations that function just like their natural teeth. Furthermore, rather than simply replacing the tooth, an implant-supported crown also replaces the root, thereby protecting the jawbone against deterioration.
Are You a Candidate?
In order to receive an implant-supported crown, you should be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery. Patients generally consider an implant-retained crown following:
- Trauma resulting in tooth loss
- Extensive decay or damage resulting in extraction
Thanks to advancements in materials and technology, virtually all patients are eligible for dental implants. Patients with insufficient bone tissue can undergo bone augmentation to restore their candidacy for implants. Studies have shown that implants placed in grafted bone tissue can be as successful as implants placed in natural bone.
Fill in the Gap in Your Smile
While conventional bridges are a good option for treating missing teeth, implant-supported crowns boast added stability, longevity, and support for your surrounding bone tissue. To find out if you are a good candidate for implant-supported crowns, call our office at (845) 227-1996 or send us a message via our online form.