Crown vs. Implant-Supported Dental Bridges
By Stephen Rogers on July 09, 2015
Here at Greater Long Island Dental, we offer a number of options for treating tooth loss and improving the overall health and wellness of patient's smiles. When a patient is missing teeth, one of the better options to consider is the use of dental bridges, which are appliances that fill tooth gaps to restore aesthetics and function. While removable bridges are quite effective for what they are, fixed dental bridges offer a number of advantages to patients.
About Fixed Dental Bridges
Fixed dental bridges refer to dental bridges that are held in place in a more secure and stable fashion than traditional removable dental bridges. These fixed bridges offer additional support when compared to traditional dental bridges, which means that they are less likely to fall out when biting and chewing, and they are highly unlikely to come loose when a person is regularly biting, chewing, or speaking.
There are two kinds of fixed bridges that are most popular: crown-supported and implant-supported.
Crown-Supported Dental Bridges
Crown-supported dental bridges are bridges that are fixed in place thanks to dental crowns that are placed around the bridge itself. The crowns are intended to cap teeth on either side of the dental bridge, holding it securely in place. With a crown-supported dental bridge, the results are quite satisfactory, and there is little chance of the bridge coming loose.
Ideal Candidates for Crown-Supported Dental Bridges
The best candidates for crown-supported dental bridges are people who are missing teeth and have natural teeth that are adjacent to a tooth gap. The crowns that bookend the bridge will cap the adjacent teeth in order to ensure a strong and stable hold.
Implant-Supported Dental Bridges
Implant-supported dental bridges are dental bridges that are fixed in place using dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are anchored into the jawbone and gum tissue. During a months-long healing process, the dental implants fuse with the living tissues of the mouth.
Thanks to this process, the dental implants function as new tooth roots, able to secure an appliance such as a bridge in place with the same level of strength as natural tooth roots. In addition, the dental implants help prevent bone loss in the jaw as well as gum recession, both of which are common issues following tooth loss.
Ideal Candidates for Implant-Supported Dental Bridges
The best candidates for implant-supported dental bridges are patients who have healthy bone and gum tissue in place. They should be in good overall dental health and not suffer from any kinds of health issues that would make oral surgery a potential risk to health and wellness.
For patients who do not have healthy bone or gum tissue in place, grafting procedures may be considered in order to place dental implants successfully.
Which Option Would Be Most Ideal for Me?
While implant-supported bridges are the most ideal option, some patients are not good candidates due to health concerns, or they are not interested in the procedure since it can prove cost prohibitive for many individuals. During your dental consultation, we will be sure to answer all of these questions and address all of your concerns in much greater detail.
Learn More About Fixed Dental Bridges
If you would like to learn more about dental bridges and how they can help you have a smile that looks great and is fully functional as well, be sure to contact our skilled dental care team today.
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