- When the oral surgeon releases you from your periodic implant follow-ups, a release report letter will be sent out to confirm your implant is ready to be restored. Our office will give you a call to schedule the appointment. Please expect your visit to last between 30 minutes and 1 hour.
- During your appointment, we will scan the cap that is over your implant that the oral surgeon placed. We will also scan the opposing arch, as well as your bite.
- If your adjacent teeth are slightly tilted, have existing restorations, or the neighboring teeth are over-contoured, the dentist may adjust the sides of your teeth to minimize the space between your implant crown and your neighboring teeth or restoration.
- During this visit, we will also select a shade for your implant crown.
- The implant crown procedure does not typically require anesthetic.
- During your implant crown delivery appointment, the cap will be removed and the area will be disinfected. If you feel sensitivity on your gums, anesthetic can be administered.
- After the removal of the cap, your abutment and implant crown will be seated. If the crown is not fully seated, adjustment on the side(s) of the crown may be necessary.
- A radiograph of the implant is taken for seating confirmation. Once the dentist verifies the implant is seated and contacts are present with the adjacent teeth, the crown will be tightened and a final restoration is placed in the access opening to seal the area. In some cases, the abutment will be tightened and then the crown will be cemented.
- Your bite will be checked and the implant crown will be adjusted, if necessary, until your bite is correctly balanced. If you feel you are biting early on the implant crown after a few days of the delivery, please call for an appointment so the dentist can adjust your bite accordingly.
- Please care for your implant crown with proper brushing and flossing. It is also recommended to avoid sticky, chewy things, as well as chewing or biting hard objects, such as ice or hard candy. It is especially important to keep the edge of the crown clean at the gum line. For additional and long-term care, an occlusal guard is recommended to wear at night.