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Crowns & Bridges for Dental Implants

Crowns & Bridges for Dental Implants

If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, it is important to determine the best way to replace them. Replacing missing teeth will restore your confidence and prevent further issues like shifting of teeth, difficulty speaking, change in bite, risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease. The two most popular options for replacing missing teeth are dental implants or dental bridges. Which option is the best for you?

What are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made of titanium. The post is inserted into the jawbone and supports a natural looking dental crown. The post must fuse with the jawbone so it is firmly anchored in position. Once this process is complete, an abutment is attached to the post. An abutment is the structure that supports the crown. The dental crown is then screwed or cemented to the abutment.

What are Fixed Dental Bridges?

A dental bridge literally bridges the gap that is created due to tooth loss. A fixed bridge is permanently cemented into place and can only be removed by your dentist. It consists of one or more false teeth called “pontics” in the middle and one more anchoring crowns called “abutment” teeth on either side. The pontics fill in the gap and the abutment teeth are secured to the natural teeth on either side of the gap to hold the bridge in place.