Though traditional crowns and bridges are a great option for patients who need to repair or replace a single tooth, there is another option as well. Crowns and bridges can also be placed by using an implant, which will provide a secure fit for your restored tooth.
How are implant crowns and bridges different from implant dentures?
Implant dentures encompass either the entire mouth or the entire top or bottom jaw. Implant crowns and bridges, however, only replace one or two teeth, similar to a traditional crown or bridge. If you need restorative work done to a few teeth as opposed to an entire mouth full of teeth, implant crowns and bridges may be a good option for you.
What part of the crown and bridge procedure does Dr. Mays do?
Dr. Mays will do every part of your procedure, except for the surgical implantation of the implant into your jaw bone. For this, she will recommend a variety of excellent oral surgeons who she knows and trusts. Once the implant has been placed in your jaw, Dr. Mays will take over the procedure. She will help create the false tooth that will sit on top of the implant and will place it in your mouth, teaching you how to remove it, clean it, and care for it. Dr. Mays will be with you every step of the way, educating you about the best options for sedation and long term oral health. Her patients’ comfort and confidence in her procedures is the most important thing to Dr. Mays.
How do implant crowns and bridges work?
Implant crowns and bridges are made of a false tooth meant to replace the damaged or lost tooth in your mouth. An oral surgeon will place an implant into your jaw bone that sticks up through your gums. The false tooth will sit on top of this implant, creating the impression of a natural tooth in your mouth. The implant creates a tight and secure fit and reduces rubbing and discomfort. The tooth can also be removed, which provides access to the gums for cleaning.