What Type of Dental Implants Crowns Are There?

October 23, 2023
Dental implant crowns are an ideal solution for replacing missing teeth. They provide a natural-looking, long-lasting result that can improve the patient’s smile and overall oral health. There are several different types of dental implant crowns available today to meet individual needs and preferences.

Types of Implant Crowns for Dental Implants

There are two main types of crowns when it comes to dental implants, including:

Screw-retained dental crowns

These crowns attach to dental implants with a lingual and occlusal screw. This type of crown features a hole on the side of the lingual or occlusal part of the device where the restoration can be connected to the implant using a fixation screw that is attached to the external-facing end of the metal abutment. They are held firmly in place and provide a secure fit for the patient. This design also makes it easy to remove for repairs, cleanings, or restorations.

Cement-retained dental crowns

These types of crowns are affixed to the dental implant using a special cementing material. This permanently attaches the prosthetic to the abutment for a great, natural look and a straightforward-style attachment. This type of crown is more difficult to remove and not as secure as a screw-retained crown, but it provides a more natural look.

Are There Disadvantages to Screw-Retained and Cement-Retained Crowns?

Both screw-retained and cement-retained crowns have advantages and disadvantages. For example, screw-retained crowns are easy to remove for cleaning or repair, but the access hole can be prone to chipping, which can be resolved with composite bonding. The screw-retained crowns can also become loosened over time and will need to be tightened by a dentist.
Cement-retained crowns can cause inflammation in the gums if the dental cement seeps into your gum line. The fact they are cemented also makes it difficult to remove them if you need them to be repaired or restored.

Dental Implant Services

Whatever type of dental implant crown is recommended, it is essential that you practice good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing twice daily, flossing, and rinsing with a special mouthwash. Doing so will help ensure your new dental implant crowns last for a long time.
Overall, different patients may have varied preferences when it comes to the type of dental implant crown they choose. It is important that you talk to your general dentist, who will be restoring the implant, about the best option for you based on your needs. Contact Bamonte Oral Surgery today to schedule a dental implant consultation appointment
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Dr. John A. Bamonte, a native of the Pittsburgh area, is a graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences. He then attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and finished in the top 10 of his class in 1984 with the degree of Doctor of Dental Medicine. Through 1985, Dr. Bamonte practiced general dentistry with his father in Natrona Heights and concurrently earned a Master of Science degree in Anatomy/Histology at the University of Pittsburgh.