The right time to consider implant crowns is anytime you have one or more missing teeth. Before you decide to go with a partial or full set of dentures or you simply leave a gap where the missing tooth used to be, you might want to put some thought into an implant crown. There are a number of advantages of going this route. You can basically treat the crown like a natural tooth as far as your daily activities and hygiene practices are concerned.
Implants begin with a post that is inserted into the jawbone. It is usually a titanium material that is used because of its longevity. In addition, titanium will fuse to the bone more effectively than other metals. Once this post is in place, it serves as the foundation for the crown, which is fabricated to blend in with the natural teeth.
If you simply leave an open space between the teeth when you have lost one, your teeth can shift into that gap. This will make them look crooked or cause other alignment problems. In addition to the impact this can have on your smile and overall appearance, it can interfere with your ability to bite or chew properly. Having an implant put in to replace that tooth is the best way to keep the remaining natural teeth in their proper position. Depending on the location and number of teeth that are missing, the condition could interfere with your ability to speak plainly. This can be avoided by replacing any missing teeth.
While you could always go with a partial denture to replace one or more teeth that are no longer there, going with implant crowns provides some advantages. Dentures must be removed at night, before you go to bed. This means you must have a way of storing the dentures and keeping them clean. You must put them back in the next morning. Failure to do so obviously means they will do you no good. In addition, if you habitually neglect to put them in, you will lose the support for the adjacent natural teeth, and they can begin to shift from their normal position.
Dentures must also be cleaned separately from your own teeth. This takes extra time and effort. With implants, you simply brush and floss as if you have a mouthful of natural teeth.
You should consider getting implant crowns at Implant Dentistry of Virginia if you need teeth replaced and you want something you can have put in place and forget about. You will find that implant crowns are the next best thing to natural teeth. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Virginia Beach.