Implant-supported Bridges vs. Crown-supported Bridges

December 22, 2013 — by Stephen Lipman
Tags: Dental Bridges Dental Crowns Dental Implants Missing Teeth

Implant-supported Bridges vs. Crown-supported BridgesMissing teeth can be a major issue, and not just because of cosmetic problems. There are numerous health considerations to keep in mind as well. When you visit our cosmetic dentistry center, we will be more than happy to go over all of your treatment options for missing teeth.

Right now, we'd like to take a moment to compare two different solutions for missing teeth: implant-supported bridges and bridges that are supported by dental crowns. This will give you a good idea about your treatment options.

About Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are partial sets of artificial teeth that are held in place by latching around adjacent tooth structure. When in place, the dental bridge allows patients to experience excellent dental aesthetics as well as restored function and overall wellness.

What are crown-supported bridges?

When a person has crown-supported dental bridges placed, the bridge is supported not by brackets that are part of the appliance but by dental crowns that are placed on the teeth adjacent to the tooth gap(s). This is a common solution used in full mouth reconstruction treatments.

What are implant-supported bridges?

Implant-supported dental bridges use dental implants in order to keep the dental bridge in place. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the jawbone and gum tissue. When in place, the dental implants are able to hold restorations such as dental bridges and dentures with a stability comparable to natural tooth roots.

Which is better: implant-supported bridges or crown-supported bridges?

“Better” is a somewhat relative term in this regard since there are many factors that will determine the best option for you and your needs.

In general, implant-supported dental bridges are better for overall dental wellness in that they are very secure and stable. In addition to this, the dental implants themselves prevent gum recession and bone loss from occurring. (When teeth are missing, both gum recession and bone loss are common problems that people face.)

Crown-supported dental bridges are also secure, and they are generally more affordable than implant-supported dental bridges. Cost can be an important factor to consider, though keep in mind that dental financing is out there to help with payment for care.

Weighing All of Your Treatment Options

Getting the treatment that you need is a major decision and deserves proper consideration. Because of this, we will make sure that you have all the information that you need to make the best choice possible regarding your dental care options. We will answer any and all questions that you have and also help you understand the pros and cons of these two options.

We want to make sure that you are confident with any decision you make, whether you decide to get implant-supported bridges, crown-supported bridges, or another treatment options of some kind.

Learn More About Restorative Dentistry Options

For more information about dental crowns and your many other options for addressing tooth loss, be sure to contact our Windsor, CT dental care center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best possible dental wellness.