The Crowning Glory – An insight Into The Dental implant Prosthesis
There is often some confusion thrown up about what a dental implant actually is. Many people are wrongly under the impression that the term ‘implant’ applies to the visible tooth-like structure that makes up the prosthesis. However it actually applies to the invisible titanium rod or screw-like structure which is embedded into the jaw. Lots have been written about the titanium implant itself, but in this post, we’re going to concentrate on the crown. Sheen Dental, a clinic dealing in all types of cosmetic, preventative and restorative dentistry including dental implants in Richmond, divulges some important information you’ll need to know.
When is the crown or prosthesis actually fitted?
Firstly it’s important to note that collectively, implants come in three distinct sections. They are the implant themselves, the abutment (a ball like piece that attaches the crown to the implant) and finally the crown itself. Implant surgery is done in stages to give healing time. The first stage is to attach the implant into the jaw line. This is then left to heal as bone merging or osseointegration takes place. In terms of time, it can take around 3-6 months, depending upon the person. When the titanium rod is secure and the bone has fused with the implant, then the abutment is fitted. This is again left to heal before finally the prosthetic or crown can be fixed into place. In the interim period, your dentist may give you a temporary crown.
What are they made from?
Prosthetic crowns do vary in ceramic material but when it comes to dental implants in Richmond, here at Sheen Dental we tend to use porcelain. The reason for this is that it has a very natural tooth-like look or appearance and is very strong More recently however a newer ceramic known as lithium disilicate has been developed, because it has a higher resistance to fractures.
How’s it made?
Using an exact model of your mouth and a series of bite registrations and moulds your dentist will produce the prosthetic crown. This can take a couple of months until the dentist gets the perfect match. During this time period regular fittings are paramount and it should be at this stage that the patient should voice any concerns they have about the fitting or placement of the crown.
How do I look after it?
Your newly fitted crown should be looked after just as your normal teeth would be. Therefore regular brushing and flossing is paramount. In addition your dentist may recommend regular de-scaling and polishing to keep it in tip-top condition.
If you want to know more about the prosthetic crown or indeed any other information about the entire implant procedure, then contact the team at Sheen Dental on 020 8876 5277 or visit our website at www.sheendental.co.uk and let us help you with your dental implants in Richmond