Gum disease. Infection. Trauma. Each of these has one thing in common: They can result in tooth loss. If you’re a victim of tooth loss, regardless of the cause, you’ve more than likely explored options to replace your missing teeth.
Some options seem financially attractive upfront, like dentures, but they can be uncomfortable and cost you more money in the long haul. That’s where implant crowns come in.
You may already know that implant crowns provide more strength and durability compared with other alternatives, but how else can they help you? In this guide, courtesy of our team of experts at AnnMarie Olson DDS PA, we explore the many benefits of implant crowns.
Unlike other tooth restoration options, implant crowns are designed to be a permanent tooth replacement. Dentures and bridges can be a quick fix for missing teeth, but they typically need replacing every 5-7 years. This means more time and money spent on your end.
When you take good care of your implant crowns — and have them placed by a skilled dentist like Dr. AnnMarie Olson — they can last for decades.
Removable partial and complete dentures and fixed bridges don’t provide the same functional benefits as implant crowns. Dentures have the tendency to slip and shift when you eat, cough, and even speak. (We don’t need to explain why this can be a huge hassle.)
Not only do implant crowns remain in place, but they feel and function just like your natural teeth. You can enjoy a meal with family and friends and not worry about your implant crown slipping or affecting your speech.
Perhaps the biggest advantage that implant crowns offer is that they help prevent bone loss in your jaw. This matters for several reasons. Bone loss can lead to:
Teeth naturally shift to fill in missing gaps, affecting your bite.
Jawbone loss can bring your sinus cavity closer to your teeth, requiring additional treatment, like a sinus elevation, before getting implants.
When your teeth shift, they’re more likely to come into contact with each other, increasing your risk of a cracked or broken tooth.
Severe, long-term bone deterioration can change how your face and smile look — think sunken cheeks or lips.
Implant crowns are the only tooth loss treatment that stimulates bone growth. The implant works as an artificial tooth root, which allows your bone to fuse with the anchor over time and prevent bone loss.
It’s also important that you have implants placed as soon as possible after tooth loss. Your jawbone can start to atrophy, meaning bone density steadily decreases. This can make it difficult to place implant crowns in the future.
Dr. Olson matches your implant crowns to the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth. They blend right in every time you show off your new smile.
With less maintenance, more strength, and a natural fit, you can go about your day with confidence while reaping the rewards of a healthy smile.
To learn more about implant crowns, or to find out if you’re a candidate, call the Austin, Texas, office of AnnMarie Olson DDS PA, or book your consultation online.