Millions of people just like you need to replace their missing or damaged teeth. As recently as 25 years ago, the only choices were traditional bridges and crowns. Today, advances in implant dentistry provide patients with new choices, but are dental implants better than crowns?
The first thing to consider is the basic difference between a traditional crown (or bridge) and one supported by dental implants. A single crown replaces a single tooth. However, a traditional crown relies on that tooth’s remaining root system.
If you have a weak, cracked, or severely discolored tooth, a crown may be the answer. Dental crowns are tooth-shaped “caps” that your dentist places over your teeth. Crowns help restore your teeth’s structure or improve their appearance. When cemented into place, a crown will fully encase the visible portion of your tooth at and above the gum line. Your dentist might recommend a dental crown if you have a large cavity that threatens the health of your tooth.
If there is no remaining root, your dentist needs something to support the crown. In this case, a dental implant takes the place of the missing root, and a crown is cemented to it. An implant-supported crown can last significantly longer than one supported by your tooth’s remaining root. This is because the implant is titanium and fuses itself to the jawbone. The implant is not susceptible to decay or deterioration over time, so it can last indefinitely. The crown, whether supported by an implant or remaining tooth, will need replacement in about 10 to 15 years.
Replacing Multiple Teeth
The real difference between dental implants and traditional crowns is evident when replacing multiple teeth. In the past, a traditional bridge took the place of missing teeth. The remaining teeth on either side of the bridge provided support for it, which often put undue strain on those remaining teeth. An implant-supported bridge eliminates that strain as the implants form the foundation for the bridge, and doesn’t negatively affect the adjacent teeth.
Some people have many missing teeth, with those that remain failing and unable to support a traditional bridge. Because of this, they face a more difficult decision and often end up in dentures.
For patients struggling with their missing or failing teeth, Teeth Tomorrow Manhattan provides a truly life-changing solution. Our Prettau® Zirconia bridge is a full set of naturally beautiful teeth and gums, custom-milled from a single piece of arguably the best material available for dental prosthetics. It doesn’t chip, break, crack or attract plaque like other full arch bridges made from acrylic and denture teeth, and it’s the only bridge backed by 2 landmark studies of over 2,000 cases and a 99+% success rate.
The Teeth Tomorrow® procedure combines the stability of dental implants with a the most durable dental bridge material available today. To find out if Teeth Tomorrow is right for you, call our office at (646) 491-8972 or request a consultation online.