Prosthodontic Treatment

After a certain period of healing (usually 2 to 4 months) the implant is ready to be restored.

The final implant restoration consists of a porcelain fused to metal crown and an intermediate part that connects the implant to the crown. This intermediate part is called final prosthetic abutment and it is screw retained inside the implant. The crown will sit on top of the prosthetic abutment and it can be cemented or again screw retained.

The sequence for the implant restoration is similar that followed for a tooth restoration. First an impression of the implant is taken using an impression coping  specific to the implant. The impression is sent to to the lab and a metal framework is fabricated and then tested in the mouth. After that, porcelain is fused to the metal framework and once everything fits, the crown is placed on the abutment (either screw retained or cemented). The final crown will be a tooth that looks and feels as your own.

In certain cases the final restoration can be placed immediately after the surgical procedure. This is called immediate loading. Not all cases can be done like that. Ask you doctor if you are a candidate. In case you have to wait a couple of months before the final restoration is placed, a temporary restoration can be placed, so as you are not left without teeth, if you wish.

Below there is an example of two implants that were restored with two porcelain fused to metal crowns.