Dental Implants and Crowns in Great Falls, MT
A dental implant consists of three parts: the dental implant, the abutment and the crown. After your dental implant is placed, your bone will fuse around the implant, locking it in place. This “healing period” is critical to the stability of your dental implant. The abutment is placed on or incorporated into the dental implant. The abutment serves to connect the implant to an implant crown. Dr. John Bruce, a general & cosmetic dentist in Great Falls, MT, is an expert at placing dental implant crowns.
What are Dental Implants and Crowns Made Of?
Dental implant crowns are made of visually-appealing, translucent porcelain; they reflect light, just like your natural teeth. Dr. Bruce will color-match the porcelain perfectly, to match seamlessly with your smile.
Porcelain is strong and your new implant crown will restore full chewing strength to your smile. Porcelain is also beautiful, providing the most natural-looking solution to your tooth loss troubles. Your new implant crown will never decay and because of the high-tech materials used, implant crowns are stain resistant.
What Happens After Your Dental Implant is Placed?
Placing an implant crown onto an implant is a complex process; it's different from placing an ordinary crown on a prepared natural tooth. With ordinary crowns, your adjacent teeth will move slightly along with the prepared tooth to accommodate the increased thickness of the new crown. With dental implant crowns, the adjacent teeth move slightly, but the dental implant remains locked in place. This means your dentist must adjust the areas where your implant contacts your other teeth. This is why you need the skills of an expert like Dr. Bruce.
After the implant crown is placed, thorough oral hygiene is critical to the success of the implant. Fortunately, dental implants allow you to brush and floss normally, just like your natural teeth. You should be brushing after meals and before bed and flossing at least once each day. Regular visits to your dentist and hygienist are vital to ensuring the health of your implant.
When you choose a dental implant and an implant crown from Dr. Bruce, you have chosen the most modern, state-of-the-art method of tooth replacement available.