When replacing missing teeth, many patients have questions about how they can achieve their desired results. Restoring the smile with restorations such as dental crowns and implants is becoming a more popular way to achieve a restored smile. Dr. Darien Ephram of Laurel Canyon Dental in Valley Village, California, regularly fields questions from his patients about porcelain dental crowns and titanium dental implants and whether or not they need to place a dental crown after a dental implant procedure. So, let’s walk through the process of replacing missing teeth with implants and crowns.
When a patient is missing one or more teeth in the smile, they have different solutions to choose from. At Laurel Canyon Dental, we offer Valley Village, California, area patients a few options, including dentures, bridges, and implants. Dental implants continue to be the gold standard in tooth replacement, thanks to their longevity and ease of care. The implant is placed in the jawbone, which needs to be restored over the top. This can be done with a porcelain dental crown, a porcelain dental bridge, or a full denture known as an “overdenture” or “implant-retained denture.”
Dental implants may be an excellent choice for you if your goal is to replace a single tooth after tooth extraction or loss. Placing the implant creates the base for a dental crown that is used over the abutment that sits above the gum line. It restores the appearance and function of the smile, allowing patients to enjoy their favorite foods and smile again with confidence!
Alternatively, patients may also use dental implants in other ways to restore their smiles. A dental implant may be used on one or both sides of a gap left behind by lost teeth, allowing Dr. Darien Ephram to create and place a dental bridge over the teeth, using both implants for support. Another way to utilize dental implants is to retain a full denture in the smile. Several implants, typically around four to six, are placed and used to stabilize dentures to replace all the teeth in the smile.
Dental crowns provide more than just tooth replacement with dental implants. Knowing when you need a dental crown and what they do is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to better understanding the treatments you might need for a healthier smile.
If you reside in or around Valley Village, CA, and want to speak to Dr. Darien Ephram and his team about your options for restoring your smile, call (818) 514-7456 to request a visit at the office, conveniently located at 12156 Riverside Drive.
Laurel Canyon Dental is here to help you achieve your dream smile with general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry options that fit your needs and budget!