Implant-retained crowns are the latest development in restorative dentistry. They are crowns that are securely attached to the implant abutment, which is attached to the implant and is designed to replace a patient's missing tooth. As a replacement for a natural tooth, an implant-retained crown is the closest that Plano, TX aesthetic restorative dentists, Dr. Ron Bosher and Dr. Tim Nguyen, can provide their patients with a natural feeling and looking tooth. They makes every effort to match the color of the crown to the patient’s natural teeth. With the latest advances in dental technology, dentists can provide patients with stunning aesthetic results using this procedure.
Implant-Retained Crowns Reviews
"I got the impressions for my 2nd. crown implant. Nothing faster, more precise or more efficient than the CAD procedure they use and in a fraction of the time . My oral surgeon said the first implant by Dr. Bosher is BEAUTIFUL. Here goes my second! Dr. Bosher has incredible skill and knowledge with a fabulous staff. Always a great experience. I felt I had no help or hope until he became my dentist. My health condition is "complicated" and I was able to receive restoration afterall with Dr. Bosher's care. THANK YOU isn't enough but it's all I have."- W.E. / Citysearch / Mar 18, 2014
"The best of the best! Everyone in the office is wonderful. They make you feel like your the only patient that day. Dr. Bosher does amazing work and I have never been disappointed."- A. / Demandforce / Oct 13, 2016
"Dr. Bosher and his staff are absolutely wonderful! They display the up most courtesy and professionalism and they are true experts in their field. I am so happy with their work and the way I have been treated that I drive up to Dallas from Austin for all of my visits. I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Bosher and Dr. Nguyen as well as Jana and Shannon. They make the most painful of dentist appointments absolutely painless!"- L.N. / Google / Nov 13, 2016
"Having a lot of dental work done threw my life. Searching for a dentist that isn't looking for you to come back after your work is completed to do it again or this is temporary. He And the staff are amazing! I truly dislike dentist.. I feel like the light at the end of a long tunnel is getting closer. Looking forward to a great smile and piece of mind!!"- M.R. / Demandforce / Jun 27, 2016
"Dr. Bosher, Dr. Nguyen, and their wonderful staff, make going to the dentist an enjoyable experience!"- M.Z. / Demandforce / Jul 24, 2019
What to Expect
The implant-retained crown process is typically divided into 2 stages over several months. The first stage is the surgical placement where the implant is placed in to a socket to integrate with the jawbone. This process can take up to 3 months including the recovery process. The second stage is the restorative process where the crown is screwed or cemented into place. This stage occurs after the implant is fully integrated into the jaw bone. The restorative process is much simpler these days due to digital optical scanning and CAD/CAM technology. With laser scanning there is no need for extensive, messy impressions and a lengthy wait while the abutment and crown are made. Now, patients come in for a quick optical scan and return just two weeks later for a full custom abutment and all ceramic restoration. This is all done without any anesthesia needed.
The cost of the implant-retained crown is the same for any other crown, averaging betwen $2,200 - $2,500. The custom abutment usually costs about $800. On average, patients can expect to pay about $2,200 for the implant placed by the surgeon. The surgery fee could increase if extensive grafting is needed.
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Implant-Retained Crowns FAQs
Screwed or Cemented?
Both screw or cement-retained crowns are good options, however, we usually prefer the screw-retained option. This is because it eliminates the complications that occurs when cement has been left around the implant. Also, screw-retained crowns can be easily removed if a repair of the crown is needed. Technically, it is more difficult to do a screw-retained crown and at times it is not possible to do, but it is our preferred technique.
After the abutment and crown are placed it should be cleaned daily, just like a natural tooth. We have had many patients say later, “I forgot that was an implant!“
Like any other surgery, the patient is at risk of infection during recovery, which could include excessive bleeding and flap breakdown. There is also the chance that the implant may fail to integrate. These risks are discussed prior to surgery. Separately, the dentist will also educate you on the proper maintenance and care after surgery.
Custom or Stock Abutments?
We never use premade or “stock abutments” because they have a number of disadvantages and can significantly compromise the aesthetic results. Look at our photo gallery to see a perfect example of the complications that can occur with a stock abutment. They have no place in a highly demanding aesthetic practice.