In this post from Koch Aesthetic Dentistry in Birmingham, we want to clarify the difference between a dental implant and a crown. The relationship between the two can be confusing. They can be used in the same procedure, and both can be used with other dental restorations.
Let’s clear up the confusion.
1. A dental implant can serve as a foundation for a crown.
A complete dental implant/crown procedure incorporates a strong metal post (the actual implant), abutment (connecting piece), and a crown.
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 scenarios. 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 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 requires three crowns to replace one missing tooth!
Do you think there can be troubles with this type of restoration? You are correct. A dental implant makes much more sense for most patients. At Koch Aesthetic Dentistry in Birmingham we offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. Schedule an appointment today.
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