Missing even one tooth can leave your mouth open to a host of problems, like jawbone deterioration and shifting of your remaining teeth. Dental implants are a permanent way to replace missing teeth. General dentist Mohammed Nkutu Kirunda, DDS, provides dental implant crown restorations at his private practice in Washington, DC. If you’re looking for a crown restoration for dental implants, call the office of Nkutu Kirunda, DDS, PLLC, or book an appointment online today.
Dental implants are permanent replacements for one or more missing teeth that no longer have a healthy root. The implant itself is a metal post, usually made of titanium, which anchors into your jawbone just like the root of a tooth.
A separate piece called an abutment attaches to, or screws into, the implant. The abutment is the piece that connects the implant to the crown, or the visible part of your tooth.
Dr. Nkutu Kirunda creates implant crown restorations to match your existing teeth, so no one can tell the difference. The replacement tooth looks, acts, and feels just like the real thing.
A crown is part of a finished dental implant procedure, but it is not the same thing. The crown refers to the visible part of your tooth, above the gumline.
If your natural tooth is damaged, but the root is still healthy, you may only need a crown to restore the tooth. An implant, on the other hand, replaces the entire dental root. The crown restoration covers the abutment part of your dental implant.
Dental implants are the next best thing to a mouth full of healthy, natural teeth. Unlike bridges or dentures, implants are permanent. This means they offer the following advantages:
Replacing one or more teeth with a dental implant crown restoration is a multi-step process.
First, you get the implant attached to your jawbone. This is a surgical procedure that may require anesthesia and take some time to heal. Sometimes the abutment is installed at this phase, and then covered it with a temporary crown while your mouth heals. Otherwise, Dr. Nkutu Kirunda may position the abutment when you’re ready for the permanent crown.
After your bone fuses with the implant, Dr. Nkutu Kirunda creates a crown covering that matches the color, size, and shape of your natural teeth. Then, you have a strong, durable replacement to permanently brighten your smile.
If you want to improve your smile with a dental implant crown restoration, call the office of Nkutu Kirunda, DDS, PLLC, or book an appointment online today.