What’s the difference between a dental implant and a crown? The relationship between a dental implant and a crown can be confusing. At The Sugar House Dentist in Salt Lake City they can be combined in one procedure. And both can be used with other dental restorations.
Let’s clear up the confusion.
1. A dental implant can act as a foundation for a crown.
A complete tooth implant/crown procedure consists of a strong metal post (artificial root), abutment (connecting piece), and a beautiful crown.
2. A crown can be used to protect a weakened tooth.
Removing decay 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 conditions. A durable dental crown protects the remaining tooth, allows normal function, and prevents shifting of the surrounding teeth
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 attached to 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 commands 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. Talk to The Sugar House Dentist for more specifics about why this is true.
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