Choose an Implant-supported Crown for Tooth Loss
If you have lost a tooth or need an extraction, your best replacement solution may be an implant-supported crown. At the Sharp Smile Center in Portage, MI, Dr. Michael Sharp places implants and provides quality restorations, including implant crowns. Placed directly in the jawbone beneath your gum socket, a dental implant can serve as a sturdy, replacement root for your new tooth. Dental implants restore missing teeth with enhanced stability, durability, and aesthetics. This is the most life-like way to replace a tooth that is lost or irreparably damaged.
Implant-supported Crown Candidates
Whether your tooth loss is due to decay, disease, or trauma, it is important to replace a missing tooth as soon as possible, for many reasons. Filling the gap helps you avoid future alignment and bite problems. An empty socket can cause nearby teeth to shift out of position. Lack of tooth root stimulation can also cause the area to atrophy.
A complete smile enhances your appearance and allows you to maintain full function for biting and chewing. Attached securely to a dental implant, a ceramic crown will look completely natural, blending seamlessly with your smile. Your durable implant-crown will also feel natural and comfortable, and provide similar function to the tooth it replaces.
About Implant-supported Crowns and Dental Bridges
The traditional way to restore a lost tooth is with a fixed dental bridge. While a bridge can be an effective, lower-cost solution, a dental implant-supported crown is a superior method for several reasons. In addition to improved function and aesthetics, other benefits include:
- Preserved Tooth Structure: With a dental implant-supported crown, nearby teeth remain untouched, preserving their strength and structure. Fabrication of a dental bridge includes placement of traditional dental crowns on adjacent teeth, requiring removal of healthy enamel.
- Increased Longevity: An implant-supported dental crown can remain fully functional for decades, even a lifetime. While a dental bridge is initially less expensive, it is more likely to need repair, and will typically need to be replaced every 10 years.
- Improved Hygiene: Keeping teeth and gums healthy is more challenging when you must maneuver around a fixed bridge. For hygiene purposes, your implant crown is like any other tooth, and can be kept clean with normal brushing and flossing.
The Sharp Smile Approach
A highly-trained, comprehensive dentist, Dr. Michael Sharp has decades of experience in restorative dentistry and implantology. While he often recommends implants, he understands every patient is unique and has different needs and goals. During your appointment, he can assess your oral health through a comprehensive exam and discuss personalized treatment recommendations with you.
The Sharp Smile Center provides complete implant dentistry services, including implant surgery and restoration with porcelain or zirconia crowns.
The Sharp Smile Center provides complete implant dentistry services, including implant surgery and restoration with porcelain or zirconia crowns. Sedation options are available for your comfort during this and any of our outpatient procedures. In some cases, patients are able to receive a dental implant immediately following extraction of a damaged tooth.
Dr. Sharp can provide a temporary restoration while your implant undergoes the osseointegration process, fusing to the bone to become a permanent part of your body. You will later be fitted with an implant abutment, and receive your final restoration.
Complete Your Smile
Choose the Sharp Smile Center for your restorative dentistry and complete dental care needs. Our practice offers state-of-the-art dental technology and spa-like amenities to enhance your treatment experience. To schedule your consultation, contact us today.