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Dental Implant Head And Bridge

What is the Difference Between Crowns, Bridges, Implants & Veneers?

One of the first steps to getting your oral health back on track is determining what treatment you may need. Learn about the differences between dental crowns, bridges, implants and veneers, and how each can help you get your beautiful smile back.
porcelain dental crown

What is a dental crown?

Purpose: Cover & restore a damaged tooth without extraction

A dental crown, also known as a “cap” is used to restore teeth without actually removing or implanting any teeth. The crown is placed over an existing damaged tooth and is cemented in place.

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Dental Implant Head And Bridge

A dentist / dental technician placing the fixed partial denture ( the dental bridge) on the implants.

What is a dental bridge?

Purpose: Replace one or more missing teeth by anchoring to existing teeth

While a crown is used to cover an existing tooth, a dental bridge is used to fill in the missing space caused by one or more lost teeth. A bridge is made up of one or more false teeth with one crown on either end of the bridge. The crowns are placed over existing teeth on either side of the gap in your smile, functioning as anchors for the bridge.

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titanium dental implants

What is a dental implant?

Purpose: Replace a tooth with a fully functional implant embedded in your jaw

Dental implants are installed securely into your jaw bone and are modern dentistry’s best answer to replacing teeth. The implant itself is fused with your bone, and a natural-looking crown makes up the visible tooth portion. Multiple implants can also be combined in a bridge.

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porcelain dental veneers

What is a dental veneer?

Purpose: Add a luminous white coating to your teeth

A dental veneer is a thin coating of white, gleaming porcelain which is used to cover the surface of a tooth. Unlike crowns, bridges and implants, veneers are primarily aesthetic, and are less commonly used for dental health problems.

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What is the difference between a crown, bridge, implant and veneer?

Here is an overview of the differences between each dental solution:

Dental Crowns

  • Restore a damaged tooth by covering it with a porcelain cap
  • For cosmetic and restorative purposes

Dental Bridge

  • Used to replace one or more missing teeth
  • Can be fitted with dental crowns or implants
  • For cosmetic and restorative purposes

Dental Implant

  • A fully functional tooth replacement that is embedded into the jaw
  • Can be installed with a bridge to replace multiple missing teeth
  • For cosmetic and restorative purposes

Dental Veneer

  • A coating used to reshape or brighten teeth that are misshapen or discolored
  • Primarily used for cosmetic purposes, but can be restorative
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Woman receiving a dental treatment

Bridge Or Implant: Which Is Best For You?

A dental bridge or implant are two options your dentist may suggest to you to replace a missing tooth, and each option has its advantages. Before you make a decision, read on to learn the differences between the two and discover which one may be best for you.

Woman receiving a dental treatment

DENTAL BRIDGES AND IMPLANTS

Dental bridges and implants are constructed differently. A bridge is made of a false tooth suspended between two crowns that the dentist cements onto prepared natural teeth on either side. An implant is a false tooth that’s attached to a titanium post the periodontist or oral surgeon has inserted in the jaw bone. The false teeth and crowns in bridges and the false teeth in implants are matched to the color of the surrounding teeth, but, even so, a bridge may be slightly more noticeable. Unlike an implant, the false tooth of a bridge isn’t embedded in the gum.

RESTORING A SMILE

The location of the missing tooth is important when deciding between a bridge or implant as a replacement. If you choose a bridge to replace a tooth toward the back of the mouth, it won’t be visible when you smile. However, if the bridge is to replace a missing tooth at the front of your mouth, the effect may not look natural. The American Dental Association recommends implants for restoring a natural, attractive smile that looks like it’s always has been that way.

OTHER ADVANTAGES OF IMPLANTS

Implants also help prevent the jaw bone from deteriorating, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. When teeth fall out or are extracted, the jaw bone shrinks over time and changes the face’s appearance and smile. An implant is embedded in the jaw bone, and using the new tooth to bite and chew stimulates the bone, helping to prevent it from shrinking. However, the false tooth in a dental bridge doesn’t contact the jaw bone, so there may be bone loss.

TIME AND COST CONSIDERATIONS

When choosing between a bridge or implant, time and cost may be important to you. Your dentist can provide a bridge over two visits within a few weeks, but if you opt for an implant the waiting time is longer — it takes three to six months for the jaw bone to grow around the titanium post of the implant. On the other hand, a dental bridge may be better for your budget.

MAINTENANCE

Both bridges and implants should be cared for similarly, so they’re comparable in that regard. For example, brush them twice a day with toothpaste to keep them stain-free.

Needs vary from patient to patient when it comes to replacing a missing tooth. Your dentist can help you decide the best option for you. Whether you choose a bridge or implant, you can restore your happy, confident smile.

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Dental Bridge Vs. Implant

Dental Bridge Vs. Implant: Which Is Better?

Teeth replacements have come a long way in the last 30 years. Missing or extracted teeth raise common concerns of infection, but the proper replacement is the key to a confident smile. Today, however, the questions you need to ask your dentist or prosthodontist are a bit different: What’s the difference between a dental bridge vs. implant? Which treatment option is right for me? Very often the dental implant is ideal, but numerous factors will need to be considered first, including if your tooth loss is recent or happened years ago.

PRACTICAL REASONS FOR BOTH

In the past, a bridge was your only choice, and still involves more than just the missing tooth. The adjacent teeth need to be “prepped” by removing most of the enamel in order to fabricate the bridge. With dental implants, however, the dentist replaces just the individual tooth for a result that is stronger and permanent. Nonetheless, a dental bridge may be your best option if the neighboring teeth have large fillings and need crowns or caps in the future. And if the tooth or teeth have been lost for a long time, the gum and bone will have receded and procedures beyond the implant are required before placement. The advantages and disadvantages to both procedures can ultimately be discussed with your dentist.

DURABILITY

Dental implants are more durable than bridges, allowing them to provide protection that lasts a lifetime. The implant’s metal cylinder is normally made of titanium, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), and this material fuses with your jawbone naturally through a process called osseointegration. Because it’s made of such a strong metal, they are very resistant to decay and gum problems. The average life of a dental bridge, on the other hand, is approximately 10 years. A portion of your natural tooth remains beneath it and normal wear may cause the bridge to fail more easily over time. In general, the remaining tooth structure continues to be susceptible to decay and gum disease.

AESTHETICS

What about aesthetics? There isn’t always a simple answer, but your dentist or prosthodontist – the latter specializes in crown, implants and bridges – will be able to advise you. Often the implant will provide the most pleasing result, as your dentist can make the final tooth look just like your natural enamel. Sometimes, an implant can be placed immediately after a tooth extraction, preserving the natural level of bone and improving the final appearance of the dental work.

DENTAL BRIDGE VS. IMPLANT COST

The cost of the dental bridge is initially less, but it may need to be replaced at some point in the future. Implants – from preparation to final placement – may seem more expensive, but over time can be more cost-effective. Fortunately, most dental insurance providers are paying for a portion of or all of the steps involved. In addition, implant treatment can be more flexible, allowing patients to budget the cost in increments. After extraction, for example, a bone graft is sometimes needed. This graft typically has to heal for several months before implant placement, at which point osseointegration can take anywhere from three to six months before the process is complete.

So, dental bridge vs. implant? Make this decision after consulting with your dentist. He or she knows your mouth best and has the tools and knowledge to guide you through what’s best for it. Although bridges are an older procedure, dental implants have become more commonplace over the years, and in most cases are the preferable treatment both in time and expense.

Dental Bridge Vs. Implant

Dental Bridge Vs. Implant

Advantages of Dental Implants

  • Esthetic, functional, predictable, reliable
  • Does not affect adjacent teeth
  • Does not decay
  • Less likely to develop gum disease

Disadvantages of Dental Implants

  • More expensive
  • More planning time
  • Requires minor surgery
  • Requires healing time before permanent tooth replacement

Advantages of Bridges

  • Esthetic, functional, predictable, reliable
  • Less costly
  • Requires less time for final result

Disadvantages of Bridges

  • Requires enamel removal of adjacent teeth
  • If adjacent teeth have crowns, they must be redone
  • Tooth decay is potential problem
  • Root canal treatment may be required if nerves are affected
  • Greater tendency for gum disease
  • Less longevity than implants
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