Depending on its location, a missing tooth may or may not be obvious, but every tooth’s importance goes much deeper than its appearance. When even a single tooth is lost, the teeth that remain will have to absorb additional pressure to take up the slack. With an implant-supported dental crown, however, you can replace your lost tooth to restore your bite’s function and prevent issues that result from losing a tooth and its root.
Mimicking Your Natural Tooth
Modern dental crowns are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth, but lack the foundational roots that support them. Dental implants are the only prosthetic root restorations, and are surgically implanted into the jawbone to emulate a tooth’s root.
Once the jawbone heals, a dental crown can be secured to the implant through a connective abutment that extends above the gum line. Together, a dental implant and crown replicate a tooth’s entire root-and-crown structure, providing optimal results to preserve your dental health after losing a tooth.
The Benefits of an Implant and Crown
Aside from the more-appealing look of a full smile, dental implants provide substantial benefits to your long-term oral health, too. When a tooth is lost, the jawbone that supported it is resorbed by nearby cells. Since no tooth root remains to support, the minerals are sent to other areas of the body that need them.
Though efficient for the whole body, the nutrient deficiency can weaken the jawbone, and over time, it can deteriorate, leading to further tooth loss. By replacing the root, a dental implant and crown can preserve your smile’s integrity by preventing jawbone resorption and facilitating a healthy flow of nutrients.