A dental implant post acts as a prosthetic tooth root, and once placed into the jawbone, the post can support a connective abutment and crown to replace a lost tooth. Unlike dental bridges, implant crowns offer the most realistic option for replacing a single lost tooth. In addition to supporting the crown, the dental implant will also help preserve the surrounding oral structures by reintroducing stimulation to the jawbone, which promotes a healthy flow of nutrients to the area.
By replicating the natural root-and-crown structure, an implant-supported crown offers several advantages, including a highly realistic appearance that blends in almost seamlessly with your smile. The implant also offers unmatched support for your replacement tooth that equates to improved stability and comfort. Since the prosthesis doesn’t require the modification of nearby healthy teeth, an implant-and-crown also improves your long-term oral health compared to a traditional bridge.
If you’ve lost more than one tooth not adjacent to each other, then your dentist might suggest an appropriate number of implant crowns to match. If you’ve suffered more extensive tooth loss, then dental implants can also be combined with a larger prosthesis, such as an implant bridge, partial denture, or complete denture.
Should I visit a prosthodontist to replace my current implant-supported restoration?
If you’ve already received dental implants and it’s time to replace the restoration (the crown, bridge, partial, or complete denture), then a prosthodontist can ensure optimum results even if your implants were placed elsewhere. A custom, expertly-crafted replacement restoration will further ensure the life-long success of your dental implant posts.
What is the cost of a dental implant?
The average cost of an implant crown is $4,000 for both the implant placement and crown, depending on the dentist, and they are typically either not covered or covered only at 50% plus the deductible by dental insurance. But with a general dentist in Doctors Network, the total cost for an implant ($600) and the crown ($800) combined is only $1,400.