Implant Crowns Specialist

Oakland City Dental

Dahab Gaime, DDS

Dentist located in Oakland, CA

A traditional dental crown isn’t always an option. Sometimes the offending tooth is decayed or injured to the point where it must be pulled, and other times you’re just simply not born with one! Either way, some patients are in need of an entirely new root structure in order to affix a new crown. Dahab Gaime, DDS and other dentists in the US place more than 5 million implants each year. If you need a new root to go along with your new tooth, call or schedule an appointment with Oakland City Dental in Oakland, California today.

Implant Crowns Q & A

What is the difference between a traditional crown and an implant crown?

A traditional crown is an artificial tooth that has been affixed to a portion of your preexisting tooth. This type of crown utilizes the natural root structure of your tooth in order to hold itself in place.

An implant crown is a crown that is affixed to an artificial root structure, called an “implant.” Implant crowns are necessary when the tooth to be replaced needs to be pulled due to decay or damage (effectively removing its root structure), or when the natural tooth is congenitally missing. The implant functions as the root and becomes the tooth’s new support system.

How does an implant crown work?

A typical implant crown consists of three main parts:

  • The Implant is a titanium foundation that is surgically placed in an opening that Dr. Gaime will make in your jawbone
  • The Abutment is what connects the implant to the crown, and is attached to the implant through a screw. It’s made of titanium, gold, or porcelain, and it looks like a natural tooth that’s been shaped or sanded down to receive a crown.
  • The Restoration, or the crown, is the part that looks like a tooth and is typically made of porcelain fused to a metal alloy. It’s most commonly bonded to the abutment with permanent cement, like a traditional crown.

What is the process for getting an implant crown?

You’ll start with an initial consultation with Dr. Gaime to determine your implant needs and discuss any concerns you might have about the procedure; then you’ll come back for three separate procedures.

In the first procedure, Dr. Gaime will make a small incision in your gums, drill a hole into your jawbone, and then place the implant and stitch the hole closed. Once the implant is firmly fused to your jawbone, you’ll come back for a second procedure, where a small incision is made again to expose the implant and a healing cap is screwed on top of the implant to allow the surrounding gum tissue to heal around the exposed implant. After a few weeks, Dr. Gaime will remove the healing cap, install the abutment, and fuse the crown.

Whatever your implant needs, the staff at Oakland City Dental will ensure that you find a solution that’s painless, healthy, and beautiful.