Dental Implant Crown FAQs

Frequently asked questions about dental implant crowns

When you lose a tooth or multiple teeth due to decay, disease or an accident, there is an alternative to dentures, bridges or partial bridges: dental implants. A dental implant crown is a new artificial tooth, as permanent and strong as a natural tooth. To determine whether a dental implant crown is the answer for your tooth loss, we have compiled a short list of common FAQs regarding dental implants.

Q: What materials are used to make a dental crown?

A: Dental implant crowns are typically made of porcelain. The appearance mimics that of the surrounding natural teeth. Other types of materials include all-ceramic zirconia, porcelain with a gold substructure or a combination of palladium with silver, gold and other trace metals.

Q: How long does a dental implant procedure take?

A: The actual process for completing a dental implant tooth takes, on average, two to six months. This is due to the initial surgical phase that requires the artificial titanium post or root to heal and bond with the jawbone. In that time, a temporary abutment and crown will be put in place. When the initial surgical bonding has occurred, the permanent abutment and crown can attached.

Q: What is the difference between a normal crown and dental implant crown?

A: A traditional dental crown still has the natural tooth’s root structure, maintaining and sustaining the natural tooth. A dental implant crown is supported entirely by the titanium implant, which serves as an artificial root within the jawbone. An abutment screw and anchor connector hold together the newly created artificial tooth.

Q: Do dental implant crowns require any special care?

A: Though a dental implant is artificial, it requires the same care and good oral hygiene practice as your natural teeth. Remember to brush, floss and most importantly, have professional dental cleanings of all teeth with regular dental check-ups.

Q: What is the cost for dental implants?

A: The cost for a dental implant procedure requires an individual consultation with your dentist. Keep in mind that the entire procedure is a three-step process: the titanium post placed in the jawbone, an abutment and connector in the post, and the porcelain crown topping it all off. Front tooth implants tend to cost more than back teeth.

Q: Are dental implant crowns covered by dental insurance?

A: Before proceeding with the implant process, if you have dental insurance, it is recommended to get a pre-treatment estimate from your dentist to determine what amount will be covered by your dental insurance and what you will be responsible for paying.

We care about preserving your teeth while providing a healthy and long-term solution. Give us a call, and we will discuss all your tooth restoration options in-depth.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Campbell Smile, request an appointment in our Campbell dental office here: Or call us at (408) 379-0851.

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