Recognizing the growing popularity of implant dentistry, Mailloux Dentistry has developed a strong working relationship with West Michigan Oral Surgery whose offices are located within the same building. Implant patients are often referred from West Michigan Oral Surgery to Dr. Mailloux for the restoration of their implant crowns.
The process for designing an implant crown is similar to how regular ceramic crowns are made. Dental impressions are taken of the surrounding teeth and a lab technician manufactures a crown to fit that unique space and the post—a metal implant that has been surgically anchored into your jawbone but isn’t shaped like a natural tooth. A connector, called an abutment, attaches the base of the ceramic crown to the implant post. While there are stock abutments available, Dr. Mailloux typically prefers to use custom abutments that are designed specifically for an individual site according to the position of the implant and contour of the surrounding tissue. A special interim cap is used to cover the implant post to allow for the design and manufacture of the final crown. The custom abutment and final crown will come back from the lab together to be permanently seated on the patient’s implant.
If you have an implant that needs to be restored or if you have general questions about implant dentistry, please contact our office today at (616) 392-3717 to schedule a consultation.