Crowns, Bridges, & Implants
If you have one or more teeth that are in danger of falling out, or perhaps already missing, there are several options to remedy the situation. Dental bridges and dental implants are common treatments for loose or missing teeth, but it can be overwhelming to know which option is best for you. Each treatment has its own unique advantages and the best choice depends on several factors, including which teeth are in need of treatment, your current oral health situation, and your budget.
At Lone Peak Dental, we want you to feel empowered in your decision. Dr. Lorscheider will clearly discuss every option available and answer any additional questions or concerns you may have about the recommended course of treatment. Below is some additional information to help you make an informed choice.
What's the Difference Between a Crown and a Bridge?
Both crowns and bridges are types of dental prostheses. Dental crowns are anchored onto a part of an existing natural tooth, while bridges are a series of crowns attached to one another to help fill the space of a missing tooth/teeth. Bridges are recommended for individuals who have lost one more more teeth due to injury, decay, gum disease, or other reasons. A bridge can both improve the appearance of your smile restore the functionality of your teeth. Crowns work best if the tooth is damaged, but still functional. However, if a tooth is missing or damaged beyond repair, then a dental bridge is a better solution. Both crowns and bridges are not removable, like a denture, and are meant to stay fixed in place.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial structures that act as tooth roots, providing a permanent base for fixed or removable replacement teeth. They are typically made of titanium and surgically placed into the jawbone to replace missing teeth roots.
Once the implants have fully integrated with the bone, they're used to support a dental crown, bridge, or denture. They provide a secure foundation for the replacement teeth, restoring the look, feel, and function of natural teeth. They also help to preserve the jawbone, reducing the risk of bone loss and preserving facial structure.
Which Option is Best for You?
While all three of these treatments serve similar purposes, there are some distinct differences and requirements that can help you decide which option is best for your situation. Each smile is unique, so the best way to determine which option is best for you is to have a full evaluation. Meet with Dr. Lorscheider, to discuss the best treatment recommendations and options available. Schedule a visit today on our website!