What Is the Difference Between Crowns, Bridges, and Dental Implants?

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If you have damaged or missing teeth in your smile, you may benefit from several options, depending on your needs. We offer several dental restoration options to help you. Today our blog is going to review dental crowns, bridges and dental implants to give you a better idea of what you might be able to do.

Dental Crown: Crowns are used to completely cover or cap a damaged tooth. Crowns strengthen damaged teeth, while also improving the way it looks, is shaped, or aligned. They can also be placed on top of a dental implant to look and function like a tooth. This fixed prosthetic device is cemented onto a tooth or implant, and can only be removed by your dentist, unlike dentures.

Dental Bridge: Bridges “bridge” the gap left behind from one or more missing teeth. They are supported by either natural teeth around the gap or dental implants. Bridges cover the gap between missing teeth. The anchoring teeth are called abutments. The replacement tooth is attached to the crowns fitting over the abutments and is called a pontic.

Dental Implant: Implants are made of titanium (simulating a tooth root) and are placed into the jawbone surgically under the gum line. This allows your dentist to affix replacement teeth or a bridge over the affected area. This stable tooth replacement is unlike dentures in that it can’t come loose and is unlike bridges in that it doesn’t have to be anchored to adjoining teeth.

If you would like to know more about these options, we invite you to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Hawkins. Please call 301-863-8822 at Pax Dental here in Lexington Park, Maryland, today.