Crowns and bridges are two types of dental prosthesis that can be attached and used with dental implants. A dental crown is often used to replace a single missing tooth and it’s mounted via an abutment that screws into the dental implant. A bridge, on the other hand, is a combination of one or more fake teeth attached to and supported by an implant-supported crown on either side. Implant-supported bridges are ideal for replacing multiple adjacent missing teeth.
Did you know?
Dental crowns and bridges have been around in dentistry for thousands of years. Starting with the ancient Italians, they were once fabricated from gold, ivory, or animal bones and often held into the mouth using a wire framework.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for an implant-supported crown or bridge?
You may be a candidate for an implant supported crown or bridge if you are missing one or more teeth, however are not looking for a full mouth reconstruction. Implant-supported dental crowns are ideal to replace single missing teeth, while implant-supported bridges may be recommended to replace multiple missing teeth. To determine if you are an ideal candidate for an implant supported crown or bridge and which is best for you, schedule a consultation with us today.
What can I expect when having an implant-supported crown or bridge placed?
The first step to having an implant-supported crown or bridge placed is to have the dental implants placed. This is done through a minor oral surgery in which a small incision is made in the gums to reach the jaw bone. One or more implants will then be placed into the jaw bone, depending on the type of restoration of being used. A dental crown only requires a single implant, while a dental bridge requires a minimum of two implants. After the implants have been placed, a temporary crown or bridge will be attached so that you can leave with teeth the same day. Once the implants have healed, you will be fit for a permanent crown or bridge that will replace the temporary restoration.
What can I expect after having an implant-supported crown or bridge placed?
After having an implant-supported crown or bridge placed, you will receive specific post-operative Instructions to follow during your recovery. In order to allow your implant to heal properly and fuse with the surrounding bone, it is important to follow the instructions. Generally speaking, your post op instructions will consist of dietary modifications, keeping the treatment site clean, practicing good oral hygiene, and attending regular post-operative appointments.