At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa, we would like to clear up the confusion surrounding dental implants and crowns. Many people wonder what is the difference between an implant and a crown.
Let’s clear up the confusion.
A dental implant can work as a foundation for a crown.
A complete dental implant/crown procedure includes a strong metal post (artificial root), abutment (connecting piece), and a beautiful crown.
A crown can protect a weakened tooth.
Removing decay weakens the tooth. Once we remove the the decay, a filling may not be enough to restore necessary strength. Likewise, after a root canal procedure, the remaining tooth may need strengthening. We can use a crown in both of these scenarios. A strong, natural looking crown protects the remaining tooth and functions like a natural tooth
We can attach a crown to a dental bridge.
When we remove a tooth, we can use a dental bridge 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 requires three crowns to replace one missing tooth!
Dental implants may be the best investment you make when it comes to health and happiness. Schedule a consultation with the team at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in La Mesa. We’re skilled in dental implants. Our services also include general and cosmetic dentistry.
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