Do you know the difference between crowns, bridges, and dental implants? They are all fixed dental restorations that are used to restore or replace teeth, but they actually differ quite significantly. Here we’ll outline everything you need to know, and which one is the right choice for you.
When a Crown is Best
If you have a severely damaged or weak tooth which you would like restored it to its original appearance, a crown is best. Essentially, a crown is a fixed prosthetic device that will cap over an existing tooth to restore its shape and add a more secure structure. Since they remain in place, they can also help to keep your teeth properly aligned.
When You Need a Bridge
Unlike a crown, a bridge will utilize the surrounding teeth to fill gaps between one or more missing teeth in your mouth. It’s often made up of two or more crowns that act as teeth and fill in the gap which is supported by the natural teeth on either side. What makes the bridge a highly popular procedure is the fact that it’s non-invasive and doesn’t require surgery. A bridge is also less expensive and less time consuming to complete than a dental implant. But when it comes to the overall look, a bridge is often less natural-looking than an implant.
A dental implant is a titanium post that acts as the root of the tooth and supports a crown. The false tooth is surgically embedded into the jawbone where it will eventually fuse into the bone over time to provide support, just like a regular tooth. This creates more stability and helps to prevent the jawbone from deteriorating and your face from changing shape. Implants also look more natural and are very easy to clean and floss in between. One of the biggest perks of having implants is that, unlike a bridge, they won’t need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years – they can last a lifetime.
To decide between a crown, bridge or dental implant, you should always talk to your dentist first about all your options. They’ll assess your needs and provide you with a solution that best suits your condition and budget. Contact us at the Teal Umbrella to schedule an appointment to find a solution that works for you.