What’s the difference between a tooth implant and a crown? The relationship between a dental implant and a crown can be confusing. They can be combined in one procedure. And both can be used with other dental restorations.
Let’s clear up the confusion.
1. A tooth implant can act as a foundation for a crown.
A complete tooth implant/crown procedure incorporates a strong metal post (artificial root), the abutment (connecting piece), and a beautiful crown.
2. A crown can be used to protect a weakened tooth.
Removing tooth decay weakens the tooth. Once the decay is removed, a filling may not be enough to restore the necessary strength. Likewise, after a root canal procedure, the remaining tooth may need strengthening. A crown may be used in both of these scenarios. A strong, natural-looking crown protects the remaining tooth and functions like a natural tooth
3. A crown can be attached to a dental bridge.
When a tooth has been extracted, a dental bridge may be used to 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 used with a dental bridge to restore the visible part of the missing tooth. A dental bridge used to replace one tooth requires the removal of tooth structure from adjacent teeth. With a bridge, it warrants three crowns to replace one missing tooth!
Do you think there can be dilemmas with this type of restoration? You are correct. A dental implant makes much more sense for most patients. Talk to Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry for more details about why this is true.
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