Superior Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

Implant Crowns in Bowie, Maryland

Implant crowns are the best solution cosmetic dentistry has to offer to replace a lost tooth. Once the implant’s installation is complete, the implant crown is the finishing touch to ensure the implant crown looks like a real tooth. While implant crowns are porcelain or ceramic, some implant crowns come in gold, silver, or metal alloys.

Types of Implant Crowns

There are two main ways that implant crowns are attached to dental implants:

Cement-Retained Crowns

Cement-retained crowns attach above the abutment and use dental cement to keep them permanently connected. These types of implant crowns offer the most visual appeal and are straightforward installations.

Screw-Retained Crowns

Screw-retained implant crowns use lingual and occlusal screws. The crowns’ design allows them to attach to implants with fixation screws on the abutment’s external-facing end. These implant crowns are easy for a dentist to remove for cleanings, restorations, and repairs.

Why Choose a Cement-Retained or Screw-Retained Implant Crown Over the Other?

While both implant crowns have their advantages, there are various other considerations patients need to know. Screw-retained crowns are more prone to chipping around their screw access hole, though composite bonding makes for a quick fix. Cement-retained crowns are harder to remove for repairs or restorations, and sometimes the dental cement gets below the gum line, irritating the patient.

Many patients also do not like the aesthetic of screw-retained implant crowns where the screw access hole is visible. This concern is less of an issue with back teeth where the screw would be more challenging to see.

Patients must discuss which type of implant crown is right for them with their cosmetic dentist. Doing so ensures they receive the proper care they need with the least chance of complication.

Choosing Dental Implant Crowns

While dentures and crowns can also replace missing teeth, implants provide a more functional, permanent solution. Implants not only replace a missing tooth but its root as well, keeping jawbone tissue loss to a minimum. Other benefits include:

  • A patient’s oral health regimen stays the same
  • They attach to the jawbone and function and feel like a natural tooth
  • They prevent natural teeth from shifting into the gap left by a lost tooth
  • They are permanent

Implant crowns are not for everyone, so be sure to talk with your dentist to ensure that implant crowns would be a suitable option. If not, there are still plenty of other cosmetic options to help with missing teeth. The dental team at {COMPANY NAME} will work with you to ensure you get the best treatment available for a healthy-looking smile.

Professional Implant Crown Installation

The highly trained dental team at Superior Cosmetic & Family Dentistry can create and install implant crowns to help your smile look its absolute best. We proudly serve the Bowie, Maryland, area and treat patients of all ages. Give us a call today at (301) 464-2323 to schedule an appointment in our Bowie office. You can also schedule an appointment online. Your smile will thank you for it.