How to Choose Between an Implant, Crown, and Bridge?

Posted by SOOS CREEK DENTAL on Jul 21 2021, 10:05 AM

Implants, crowns, and bridges are permanent dental restoration solutions that are fixed to your teeth or jawbone by a dental specialist. While they do share some common factors, they are quite different. 

At Soos Creek Dental in Covington, Washington, our dentists specialize in dental restorations and implants. In this blog, we will tell you everything you need to know about the differences between implants, crowns, and bridges so that you can choose what is right for you. 

What Are Dental Implants? 

Dental implants vary from crowns and bridges as they are not fixed to existing teeth. Instead, dental implants are fixed titanium screws inserted into the jawbone that fuse together with the bone and support a dental crown. 

Because they are fused to your jawbone, this makes implants very durable and secure but more costly than crowns and bridges. 

The biggest pros of dental implants are that they last longer, are high quality, and need little maintenance. Also, they are fully customizable and look just like your natural teeth. 

What Are Dental Crowns?

Crowns are empty prosthetic caps typically made of porcelain or ceramic that are placed over a damaged natural tooth. 

Dental crowns are typically used for treating weakened or broken teeth or cosmetically, to cover teeth that are stained or have an odd shape. 

Dental crowns are the best solution to a range of dental problems like:

  • Securing weakened or decayed teeth 
  • Preventing further damage to an already decayed tooth 
  • Holding a cracked or broken tooth together 
  • Covering a dental implant 

What Are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are fixed dental restorations commonly used as a more stable alternative to dentures. They are held in place by supporting teeth or dental implants. 

Compared to crowns and implants, bridges can be used for replacing not only one tooth but a set of missing teeth. When secured to existing supporting teeth, this procedure does not require surgery and can be completed within one dental visit.

Dental implants, crowns, and bridges can all help give a natural look to your smile and restore your oral functionality.

To learn more about what would work best for you between crowns, bridges, and implants, don’t hesitate to talk to our experts at Soos Creek Dental. Call us at (253) 631-8241 or visit us at 17615 SE 272nd St, Covington, WA 98042. 

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