A dental implant is a small titanium screw that acts as an artificial tooth root when placed in the jaw. An abutment is then placed over the implant to create an anchor for either a crown or bridge.
Benefits of an Implant-Supported Crown over conventional tooth-supported bridges
- Does not decay.
- Looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth.
- Is much more esthetic long term.
- Is easier to keep clean than a bridge.
- Bone is better preserved because dental implants integrate with your jawbone.
- Preserves the health of neighboring natural teeth without grinding them down as occurs with tooth-supported bridges.
- Builds back your smile and helps you speak and chew properly by restoring the natural size, shape and color of your teeth.
Advantages of Implant-Supported Bridges over removable partial dentures
- Looks and functions like natural teeth; removable partial dentures could move around in the mouth and reduce your ability to chew
- Preserves the health of neighboring natural teeth without modifying their structures & shapes as occurs with removable partial dentures
- Bone is better preserved because dental implants integrate with your jawbone, helping to keep the bone healthy and intact; on the contrary, area of bone covered by removable partial denture may begin to resorb (deteriorate), leaving a visible defect. This can lead to a collapsed and unattractive smile.