What’s the difference between a dental implant and a crown? The relationship between the two can be confusing. They can be combined in one procedure, or used with other dental restorations. In this post from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo we’ll clear up the confusion.
1. A dental implant can be a foundation for a crown.
A complete implant/crown procedure has three parts: a metal post (artificial root), abutment (connecting piece), and a crown.
2. A crown can be used to protect a compromised tooth.
A damaged or weakened tooth may be strengthened with a crown. It covers and protects what’s left of the tooth and allows normal function.
3. A crown can be attached to a dental bridge.
A crown can be used with a dental bridge to restore the visible part of a missing tooth. The down side: a bridge requires the removal of tooth structure from adjacent teeth. It takes three crowns to replace one missing tooth.
A dental implant from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo can support one or more replacement teeth, and the replacements look and function like natural teeth. Patients from American Fork and Lehi enjoy their benefits, and also come to our practice for complete family dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!
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