The Differences and Benefits of Different Implant Crown Types

Posted by Dr. Michael Choi on Jun 10 2019, 08:54 AM

wo types of implant crowns have emerged as the most popular: screw retained and cement retained. These are the main two types of implant crowns as of 2017.

Below, we delve into the differences between each type and dig a little deeper into the merits of dental implants.

Cement Retained Crowns for Dental Implants

The cement retained version is a restoration that is fabricated above an abutment. Cement is then used to fix it to the abutment. The primary benefit of the cement retained crown is its visual beauty. This approach also involves a fairly simple technique that can be repeated with ease. In terms of implant crown material, it can be made from a number of different sources including N. Dura, E. Max, PFM, Facial Cutback and many others.

Screw Retained Crowns for Dental Implants

A screw retained implant crown includes an occlusal and lingual screw. This crown is made so there is a hole on the surface of the lingual and/or occlusal portion. The hole permits the restoration to be connected in a direct manner straight to the implant through a fixation screw. The restoration might eventually need to be replaced by the clinician to perform cleanings, repairs or a tightening of the abutment screw. The screw retained design allows for just about every type of procedure to be performed with ease.

Are There Downsides to Each Type of Dental Implant Crown?

Yes. Every dental implant crown has its flaws. One of the benefits of screw retained crowns is that they do not require cement. They can be removed quite easily compared to cemented crowns. However, chips near the access hole can form. The visibility of the hole can be impeded with tooth-colored filling. It is also possible that the screw loosens and requires tightening or even replacing.

Cemented crowns can be criticized for their potential to cause inflammation or even contribute to bone loss in certain patients. This can only occur if there is excess cement that moves below the gums. Another weakness of cemented crowns is that removal is challenging, especially when compared to screw retained crowns.

Why You Should Opt for Dental Implants and Crowns

Have dental implants and crowns placed in your mouth and you will feel more comfortable. Just as important is the fact that these substitute teeth will function similar to normal teeth. You will love the look and never hesitate to smile in public. This is the boost to your appearance and confidence you need to truly feel like yourself when around others.

Candidates for Dental Implant Crowns

In order to qualify for dental implants and the required crowns, one must be in good physical health. Furthermore, the patient must have adequate bone density. There is always the possibility the body will reject the implants' biocompatible material. If you are in good health, have strong bones and have the resources for dental implants and crowns, consult with your dentist and/or oral surgeon to learn more about this unique oral health solution.

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