Implant-supported crowns are usually the best way to replace a single missing tooth, and can protect your jawbone health and your remaining teeth for the rest of your life. Bruce Gopin, DDS, MS, proudly provides these restorations at his El Paso, TX, office in collaboration with a skilled implant surgeon. He also works with a first-class dental lab that employs highly skilled ceramists who use the latest restorative materials to ensure a beautiful and seamless smile. Dr. Gopin also offers preparatory bone grafts and other procedures to ensure successful and long-lasting results.
Are You a Candidate for an Implant-Supported Crown?
If you are missing a single tooth, you may qualify for an implant-supported crown. Dr. Gopin will evaluate your oral and physical health at a pre-treatment consultation. Among other things, he will consider chronic health issues such as diabetes, an autoimmune disease, or a bleeding disorder. Essentially, anything that may compromise the healing process is a concern. However, thanks to advances in technology, implants are safe for more patients than ever before, even if these health conditions are present.
Your implant post will function exactly like a tooth root, sending out the vital signals that trigger tissue regeneration.
Dr. Gopin will also analyze your jawbone structure. By taking 3-D images, he can find areas where the bone has started to recede. When your teeth are missing, you can quickly lose bone density, and this can compromise your candidacy for implants. Fortunately, Dr. Gopin is able to perform a diverse range of advanced surgeries to help you become a candidate. With procedures such as bone grafting, sinus lifts, and socket grafts, few patients are disqualified from dental implants.
Placing Your Implant-Supported Crown
The 3-D images taken at your consultation will also enable Dr. Gopin to plan a personalized implant surgery. He will send this plan to your surgeon, working closely with him or her to ensure the highest level of care possible. Before the procedure, you will typically receive sedation, making you feel very relaxed. Once you are comfortable, your surgeon will make small incisions in your gums, granting access to your jawbone. After the posts are in place, your surgeon will close the incisions around the implants.
Your recovery can take three to six months. During this time, a temporary, removable bridge can maintain most of your dental function. When you have healed, Dr. Gopin will attach your exquisitely fabricated crown. Our restorations are made from porcelain, ceramic, and zirconia. We will help you choose the right option, depending on your needs and budget. We offer several forms of third-party financing. Our financial advisor can help you explore your options and file for a loan.
The Benefits of Implant-Supported Crowns
A traditional dental bridge is the only alternative to an implant-supported crown. This type of restoration would also replace your missing tooth, but it would rest on top of your adjacent teeth. Therefore, to place your prosthetic, your dentist would need to reshape those teeth. Accordingly, one of the biggest benefits of implant-supported crowns is that they do not require tooth alteration. Instead, your nearby teeth remain strong and fully intact.
An implant-supported dental crown allows you to replace a missing tooth without affecting the nearby teeth.
Removable dental bridges do not usually affect your other teeth, but these restorations are often unstable and can affect your oral function. A removable bridge can move out of place when you eat certain foods, so you would need to live with certain dietary restrictions. In contrast, an implant-supported crown will remain fixed in place no matter what you eat.
Even a single dental implant post can have a tremendous impact on your jawbone health. When you are missing a tooth, the surrounding bone can degenerate quickly. It can even recede away from your other dental roots, causing widespread tooth loss. Your implant post will function exactly like a tooth root, providing the stimulation necessary to trigger tissue regeneration and preventing your jaw from shrinking.
Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Gopin
Are you suffering from a missing tooth? To find out if you are a candidate for an implant-supported crown, contact us online or call our office at (915) 533-4608.