What’s the difference between a dental implant and a crown? The relationship betweenthe two can be confusing. They can be combined in one procedure. And both can be used with other restorations. In this post from Michelsen Dental in Orange CA, we’ll try to clear up the confusion.
1. A dental implant can work as a foundation for a crown.
A complete dental implant/crown procedure consists of a strong metal post (artificial root), abutment (connecting piece), and a 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 necessary strength. Likewise, after a root canal procedure, the remaining tooth may need strengthening. A crown may be used in both of these conditions. 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 taken out, 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 troubles with this type of restoration? You are correct. A dental implant makes more sense for most patients.
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