An experienced cosmetic and reconstructive dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Tocci helps restore lost teeth by installing porcelain crowns atop permanent dental implants. In fact, Dr. Jeffrey Tocci became certified in surgical and restorative dental implantology at Harvard University.
When an individual loses a tooth due to trauma, infection, or other reasons, one way to restore it is with a permanent implant that mimics the form and function of natural teeth. The procedure involves first placing a screw-like, titanium anchor into the jaw. Once fused with the bone, the implant provides a sturdy foundation that can last as long as a quarter of a century.
Atop the anchor sits the “abutment,” a ribbed, pointed object that peeks above the gum line. The abutment acts as the seat of the prosthetic tooth or crown. Dentists design crowns, often constructed using a combination of porcelain and a metal alloy, to match the color of the surrounding teeth.
Before installing crowns, dentists may fit patients with temporary crowns for a few weeks while the gums and jaw bone recover from the surgery implanting the anchor.