Having severely damaged or missing teeth often affects how a patient eats, speaks, and smiles, and it can also cause healthy teeth to shift. Crowns, bridges, and implants are the most common restoration options for patients with broken or missing teeth, but because each treatment is different and entails its own procedure, patients may wonder which option will best fit their needs. Here’s a look at the difference between each restorative method.
As their name implies, dental crowns are placed on top of broken or worn teeth to strengthen them and help improve their feel and appearance. Crowns can also be used in the case of a missing tooth that has been replaced by a dental implant. Unlike dentures, which can be removed from the mouth as needed, dental crowns are cemented into place on a damaged tooth or dental implant, so removing and replacing one will require a trip to the dentist.
The gap left behind from one or more missing teeth can visibly affect a patient’s smile and cause discomfort and difficulty chewing. Dental bridges cover this gap by anchoring to nearby natural teeth or dental implants and replacing the missing teeth with an artificial tooth. Bridges can be especially useful in cases where there is jawbone loss, and they offer a quick, simple, and non-surgical tooth replacement alternative to dental implants. They can, however, put extra strain on nearby anchor teeth or implants; it’s crucial that nearby teeth are strong enough to safely support a bridge.
Severely damaged or missing teeth can be replaced entirely with dental implants, which are a more complete and permanent option than crowns and bridges. Implants consist of an artificial titanium tooth root that’s surgically implanted directly into the jawbone below the gum line. The dentist can attach an artificial tooth or a bridge to the surface of an implant to replace the missing tooth. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants require little maintenance and often last a lifetime. Broken and missing teeth can have serious adverse effects on your oral health; finding a replacement option that works for you can make a difference in daily activities that may have become difficult, like chewing and speaking. Our team at Northwest Implant Dental Spa provides patients in Wheeling and the greater Chicago area with crowns, bridges, implants, and oral surgery. Schedule an appointment today by contacting us online for quality oral care.
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