The Difference Between a Dental Crown, Bridge, and Implant

Whether you’ve got decaying teeth, weak teeth, or a broken tooth, a dental crown, bridge or implant may be right for you. That being said, there is a difference between these dental care options. For the most part, your qualified Leesburg dentist will make the decision as to how he or she wants to replace your teeth. It’s still important to make an informed decision regarding the future of your teeth.

Dental Crown
Dental crowns are like hats for your teeth. Crowns mimic the shape of each tooth in order to conform perfectly to the tooth in question. The purpose of the crown is to give the original tooth its natural shape, strength, and size. Unlike hats, crowns are cemented onto a broken tooth. Various types of crowns can be chosen, from ceramic to stainless steel.

Dental Bridge
As you might expect, bridges are created to fill in the gap caused by a missing tooth. These gaps are filled in by adding one of more crowns to the teeth that are either missing or have severely deteriorated. These false teeth are called pontics and are typically made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of the aforementioned materials. Bridges, like crowns, can come in three styles: Maryland bonds, cantilever bridges, and traditional bridges. Same as always, talk with your wonderful Leesburg-based dentist if you have any questions or concerns regarding your choices.

Dental Implant
A dental implant is when an artificial tooth is anchored to your jaw. Implants can be paired with bridges and crowns. The major difference between implants is that they don’t rely on other teeth as crowns and bridges do. Implants will give you the most natural look while offering top notch quality to both your chewing ability and your smile.

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COCHRAN FAMILY DENTAL
Dr. Brian Cochran and his team offer excellent, experienced family dentistry and cosmetic dentistry, from dental hygiene to dental implants in Leesburg, VA.
Brian Cochran, DDS

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Leesburg, VA 20175

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