When our patients at Vitangeli Dental in Englewood begin to seriously consider a dental implant, the relationship between the implant and a dental crown can be confusing at first. They can be combined in one procedure. And both can be used with other dental restorations.
Let’s clear up the confusion.
1. A dental implant can work as a foundation for a crown.
A dental implant is a metal post (usually titanium) placed in the jaw. It serves as a replacement tooth root, and as a foundation for an artificial tooth (crown).
2. A crown can be used to protect a weakened tooth.
Removing tooth decay involves removing some of a tooth’s structure, which weakens it. A filling may not be enough to restore its strength, so a crown is placed over it. A crown can also strengthen a tooth following a root canal.
3. A crown can be attached to a dental bridge.
When a tooth has been removed, a dental bridge may be used to restore part of it. The reason we say ‘part’ is because a dental bridge does not restore the root of the tooth. A crown can be used with a dental bridge to restore the visible part of the missing tooth.
Dental crowns are a valuable tool in restorative dentistry. At Vitangeli Dental in Englewood OH, our patients come to us from Clayton, Union, and Vandalla for complete dental care. Schedule your next checkup today!
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