The term ‘implant crown’ is used by some experts in the field of dentistry to refer to the “tooth like” restoration of a dental implant. Restoration in this context means creating an artificial tooth and then connecting it to a dental implant. The restoration process normally starts 3-6 months after the surgical placement of the implant.
A hole in the gum tissue will be punctured above the dental implants as soon as the treatment area is ready. On top of these implants, an abutment is going to be screwed into the fixture (implant). This abutment is normally a metallic cylinder onto which the artificial tooth is built and affixed.
There are different types of abutments, each of which has a different width, length, color and angle. The aim of this is to provide the patient with sufficient choices so that he or she can have options to help their crown look as close to their natural teeth as possible. Once the right abutment has been fitted by the dentist, the impressions of your teeth are taken.
After the impressions have been taken, the dentist will send these to a laboratory so that the final tooth can be built. Meanwhile, a temporary implant crown can be placed on the abutment until the final tooth will be ready for placement.
When the final restored implant crown is ready, your dentist will cement it on the implant and final adjustments will be made if needed. From that day on your new tooth should look and function just like any other tooth in your mouth, requiring the same care and attention as all the other teeth such as flossing and brushing.
The same process applies for a patient who is going through multiple implant restorations and reconstruction. The final implant crown could either be several crowns connected together by a bridge or they could be multiple single crowns. The final outcome is always a new, beautiful and confident smile!