What’s the difference between a dental implant and a crown? The relationship can be confusing. They can be combined in one procedure. And both can be used with other dental restorations. At David Rice DDS in Elgin, we’re using this blog post to clear up the confusion.
1. A dental implant can act 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 damaged 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 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 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 issues with this type of restoration? You are correct. A dental implant makes more sense for most patients. Talk to us at David Rice, DDS in Elgin to learn more information. Other services include complete general and family dentistry. Call for an appointment today!