Wondering how you can replace your missing teeth with a fixed solution? Implant-supported crowns and bridges offer dependable results and have high success rates for ideal treatment candidates. Learn more by discussing your needs with Dr. Robert Neighbors and Dr. Brian Herod at our Midlothian, VA practice. Contact the office during regular business hours to arrange your first visit.
What Is an Implant-Supported Crown?
An implant-supported dental crown is a prosthetic, tooth-colored restoration anchored by a surgically placed titanium based post. The post is positioned within the jawbone below the gum line to serve as support for an abutment and custom dental crown.
Implant-supported crowns are created to mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. They do not require specialized care, and are expected to last for many years before requiring restoration or replacement.
What Is an Implant-Supported Bridge?
Like a traditional dental bridge, an implant-supported bridge replaced one or more missing teeth in a row. The difference, however, is that an implant-supported bridge is anchored by dental implants rather than natural teeth.
When connected to the implants, the bridge becomes a fixed structure in the mouth. Not only does it fill in the gap in your smile, but it keeps the adjacent natural teeth from shifting out of place.
Advantages of Implant-Supported Crowns and Bridges
For patients with missing teeth, implant-supported crowns and bridges can offer several key advantages.
Foremost, the dental implant stimulates bone growth and reduces the risk of bone degradation at the site of a missing tooth. Another benefit of implant-supported crowns and bridges is their permanency. As fixed structures, they do not need to be removed for special cleaning or maintenance. Patients who follow a good oral hygiene routine at home and stay up to date with their preventive dental cleaning appointments usually experience excellent outcomes. Finally, crowns and bridges supported by dental implants can improve patient confidence by filling out a smile and eliminating gaps.
Are Implant-Supported Crowns and Bridges the Right Choice?
If you are interested in finding out more about implant-supported crowns and bridges, contact our practice to schedule an exploratory examination and consultation with one of our dentists.