At Advanced Cosmetic Implant and Laser Dentistry in Seattle, 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. They can be combined in one procedure. And both can be used with other dental restorations.
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 be used to protect a weakened 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 scenarios. A strong, natural looking crown protects the remaining tooth and functions like a natural tooth
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 requires three crowns to replace one missing tooth!
At Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle we place many dental implants and crowns. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today, and see how we can make you smile.
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