Implant-supported crowns replace single missing teeth with a dental implant and crown to restore function and aesthetics while preventing jawbone recession. Dr. Joseph Murray in Atlanta, GA, has over 20 years of experience helping patients overcome the difficulty, discomfort, and self-consciousness that missing teeth can cause. If you have lost a tooth, or need to have a tooth removed, an implant-supported crown placed by Dr. Murray can provide many important benefits
What are the Advantages of Implant-Supported Crowns?
While single missing teeth are traditionally replaced with a standard dental bridge, this solution cannot halt the bone atrophy that follows the loss of a tooth. Implants, on the other hand, are direct replacements for tooth roots, and are the only synthetic option that can stop jaw atrophy.
Am I a Candidate?
If you are missing a single tooth, are in good overall health, and not currently experiencing any oral health issues such as gum disease, you are likely a candidate for an implant-supported crown. To accommodate an implant post, patients must have sufficient jaw bone tissue. Jaw bone recession always follows tooth loss, and can become severe as time passes. In some cases, Dr. Murray can provide bone grafting or a sinus lift to rectify the issue and restore candidacy for implants.
While single missing teeth are traditionally replaced with a standard dental bridge, this solution cannot halt the bone atrophy that follows the loss of a tooth.
Dr. Murray can provide a comprehensive evaluation of your medical and dental history, current oral health, and your treatment goals to determine if an implant-supported crown is right for you.
Placing Implant Crowns
Once you have been approved for dental implant placement, any necessary preliminary procedures including extractions, sinus lift, or bone grafting can be provided. Dr. Murray can perform your implant surgery once you have healed following these treatments. He will create an incision to gain access to the jaw bone. After creating a pilot hole, he will place the titanium post. Finally, the incision is closed. The integration of the implant and the jawbone will typically take between three to six months. This process is called osseointegration, and it is the key to creating a stable foundation for your dental crown. Once this process is complete, you will undergo another procedure in which an abutment piece is attached to the implant. This device will serve as the point of connection with your dental crown.
Once the abutment is in place, Dr. Murray can begin crafting your crown. This begins with taking a digital impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. Same-day crowns can be created in our office for quick and efficient treatment. However, if you choose a traditional dental crown, we will have our trusted partner lab create your custom restoration. This process will generally take about two weeks to ensure a comfortable fit and optimal aesthetics.
Safe, Effective Care
An implant-supported crown is an excellent solution that can protect your health and provide reliable restoration. If you would like to learn more about your treatment options, contact us online or call us at (404) 762-5770 and schedule a consultation.