The dental crown is one of the most diverse treatments in modern dentistry. It can serve as a restoration, a cosmetic enhancement, and in some cases, an effective prosthetic tool to replace missing teeth. As dental prostheses, dental crowns are traditionally used to support a dental bridge. Today, a dental crown can be coupled with a dental implant as an alternative to a dental bridge, providing a more lifelike replacement for your lost tooth.
The Traditional Crown-and-Bridge Relationship
A dental bridge describes one or more replacement teeth, usually made from porcelain that closely mimics your natural teeth, with a dental crown on either side of the bridge. The crowns are bonded to the teeth adjacent to the empty space, called abutment teeth, to hold the bridge steady as you bite, chew, speak, and smile. Since a dental bridge relies on crowns attached to healthy teeth, it’s typically a fixed solution that remains in place permanently.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental crown is named after the part of your tooth it replaces, called a tooth crown. A natural tooth, however, is supported by a root that extends below the gums and into the jawbone. A dental implant is a prosthetic root that’s surgically inserted into your jawbone, replacing the roots of lost teeth to support an appropriate dental prosthetic. When combined with a dental crown, a dental implant closely mimics the biological design of your natural tooth.
More Like a Real Tooth
Like a real tooth, a dental implant-supported crown doesn’t rely on other teeth for support, allowing Dr. Stewart to preserve your remaining healthy tooth structure while replacing your lost teeth. Your prosthesis can also restore a vital function that was lost along with your tooth—the necessity of a tooth root embedded in your jawbone. The roots of your teeth help maintain your jawbone’s strength every time they’re stimulated by the pressure of biting and chewing. Dental implants are the only method for restoring the presence of a tooth’s roots to help preserve your jawbone’s long-term integrity.
About Your Livonia General Dentist:
To learn more about the variety of dental services we offer, including expert tooth replacement, visit us as soon as possible for a thorough examination. James Steward, DDS, and our compassionate staff proudly serve patients of all ages from Livonia, Farmington Hills, Plymouth, Northville, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, and all surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.