If you are missing a tooth, there are many factors to consider when creating a treatment plan to replace your tooth. There are two approaches, either an implant-supported crown or fixed dental bridge, which both offer reasonable solutions for patients.
Fixed Dental Bridge
A fixed bridge is constructed with crowns covering the teeth on both sides of the space, with single-unit prostheses in-between called a pontic. One of the problems associated with a fixed bridge is that the natural teeth on either side of the bridge must be filed down. This process can make these teeth more prone to bacterial plaque accumulation, decay or periodontal disease. In some cases, this can result in the need for future root canals.
Implant-Supported Dental Crown
This treatment option involves placement of a titanium dental implant into the bone pocket where the missing tooth used to be. Eventually, this titanium implant osseointegrates with the bone in the jaw, making a very stable anchor. The implant is then restored with a dental crown. This single tooth implant solution can avoid involvement with adjacent teeth. In addition, the dental implant helps to preserve bone in the jaw by preventing bone loss.
Deciding Which Option Is Best
Both implant-supported dental crowns and fixed dental bridges are options for replacing missing teeth. Every patient is unique. Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant. Adequate bone in the jaw is necessary to support placement of a dental implant. Some patients have complex medical histories which do not make them good oral surgery candidates.
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