Differences Between Bridges, Crowns, Dental Implants
By Peter Elton DMD, PLLC
December 18, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   crowns   bridges  

A 2012 study by the American Association of Orthodontists revealed that one-third of Americans are unhappy with their smile. Dr. Peter Elton is a dentist in Gig Harbor, WA who helps his patients improve their smiles so that they can feel more confident and comfortable bridges andcrownswhen smiling, eating and speaking. Three possible solutions for missing, broken or damaged teeth are crowns, bridges and dental implants. Learn the difference between these three treatments so that you and your dentist can make an informed decision together.

Dental Crowns
A crown is a dental device that is installed when a healthy tooth is damaged or to fix a cosmetic imperfection. It is commonly made of a hard porcelain material that will stay strong for decades. The natural, rooted tooth is modified and reduced to what is called an abutment so that a crown can be added to the top. It covers the entire surface of the tooth from front to back.

Dental Bridges
When there’s a missing tooth between two healthy teeth, a bridge can help fill that gap. A standard bridge is made up of two crowns on the healthy teeth with a replacement tooth at the center. When the adjacent crowns are bonded, the bridge can last as long as 15 years as long as you prioritize at-home care and regular dental visits.

Dental Implants
Dental implants are whole-tooth replacements, meaning that the entire tooth from the root on up is supplanted with a brand new dental device. Your Gig Harbor, WA dentist surgically embeds the implant into healthy bone tissue and allows time to for it to heal (usually two or more months). Implants can also be used to support full or partial denture devices.

Which Is Best for You?
Your dentist will help you determine which of these solutions is best for your particular case after looking at your X-rays and discussing your dental goals. A better smile is possible in just a few appointments with Dr. Peter Elton. Call his Gig Harbor, WA office at (360) 362-1512 to discuss dental implants and other restorative work.