What’s the difference between a dental implant and a crown? The relationship can be confusing. They can be combined in one procedure. And both can be used with other dental restorations. At Chesterfield Smile Designs, we’ll clear up the confusion.
1. A dental implant can act as a foundation for a crown.
A complete implant/crown procedure incorporates a strong metal post (artificial root), abutment (connecting piece), and crown (replacement tooth).
2. A crown can be used to protect a weakened tooth.
Removing cavities weakens the tooth. Once the decay is removed, a filling may not be enough to restore necessary strength. Likewise, after a root canal procedure, the remaining tooth may need strengthening. A crown may be used in both of these circumstances. This protects what’s left of the tooth and allows normal function
3. A crown can be attached to a dental bridge.
When a tooth has been removed, a dental bridge can restore part of it. The reason we say ‘part’ is because a dental bridge does not restore the root of the tooth. A crown can be fitted to a dental bridge to restore the visible part of the missing tooth.
Furthermore, a dental bridge used to replace one tooth requires the removal of tooth structure from adjacent teeth. With a bridge, it requires three crowns to replace one missing tooth!
Do you think there can be problems with this type of restoration? You are correct. A dental implant makes much more sense for most patients. At Chesterfield Smile Designs we offer a full range of restorative dentistry options. Call for an appointment today!
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