What’s the difference between a dental 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 are available at Vanguard Dental Group in Derry NH.
Let’s clear up the confusion.
1. A dental implant can function as a foundation for a crown.
A complete implant/crown procedure consists of a strong metal post (artificial root), abutment (connecting piece), and crown.
2. A crown can be used to protect a damaged 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 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 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 fitted 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 issues with this type of restoration? You are correct. In some cases a crown is the best way to go, but dental implant may make more sense for other patients. Talk to Vanguard Dental Group in Derry NH for more specifics.
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