Losing a tooth can seem like the worst-case scenario for many dental issues, including emergencies that could lead to immediate tooth loss. Fortunately, the consequences of a lost tooth can largely be stemmed by replacing it. Traditionally, dental bridges have been an excellent and popular way to replace a lost tooth. However, an implant-supported dental crown offers the additional benefits of replacing your lost tooth’s root. In many ways, an implant-supported crown is better than a dental bridge at preserving your long-term oral health as well as restoring your smile.
Comparing Bridges to Implant Crowns
A dental bridge gains its name from the way it “bridges” the gap in your smile after you’ve lost a tooth. The prosthesis consists of a lifelike tooth replacement, or pontic, supported by two crowns on either side. The crowns are affixed to the remaining nearby teeth and support the pontic securely. By contrast, an implant crown consists of a single implant post topped by a lifelike dental crown. The post is inserted into the jawbone in place of the lost tooth root, and the dental crown is secured on top, above the gum line, to fill in your smile. With an implant and crown, your dentist doesn’t have to modify your nearby teeth to support a crown, allowing you to preserve more of your healthy, natural tooth structure.
The Long-Term Benefits
Keeping your healthy teeth intact is one benefit of an implant-crown; however, even more benefits arise from replacing your lost tooth root. A dental implant post offers unmatched support for your replacement crown, and also stimulates the jawbone to maintain its steady supply of nutrients. Implant stimulation reduces the risks of jawbone degradation that can occur following the loss of a tooth root, which improves your long-term oral health and reduces the risks of losing more teeth in the future.
Is a Dental Implant & Crown Your Best Choice?
If you’ve lost a tooth, then find out if a dental implant and crown is a better choice than a traditional dental bridge. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Wright, call Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987.