Losing a tooth can be devastating in the moment, but with the right replacement, you can once again enjoy the confidence of a full, healthy smile. Traditionally, this has meant receiving a custom-designed dental bridge to fill the gap in your smile left by the missing tooth. Today, many patients can choose between a traditional dental bridge, or a more advanced, dental implant-supported crown, which also replaces the root of your lost tooth. To help you decide on the best option, Dr. Fondriest can perform a thorough examination and consult with you personally to discuss the pros and cons of each.
How a Dental Bridge Works
A dental bridge consists of a custom-made, lifelike replacement tooth, known as a pontic, which is supported by a pair of equally lifelike dental crowns on each side. To support the pontic, the bridge’s crowns are attached to the healthy, natural teeth next to the gap in your smile. Known as abutment teeth, they provide stability and security for your replacement tooth as you bite, chew, speak, and smile.
Why an Implant Crown May Work Better
In many cases, however, Dr. Fondriest may recommend replacing your lost tooth with a lifelike dental crown supported by a single implant post. The dental implant can be placed in your jawbone, where the lost tooth’s root once rested, providing a highly sturdy anchor upon which Dr. Fondriest can secure your crown. Together, a dental implant and crown can offer the most realistic replacement for your lost tooth, reestablishing your smile and your bite’s function as well as the vital functions of your tooth root.
Find the Best Replacement for Your Lost Tooth
If you’ve lost a tooth, then find out if a dental bridge or implant-supported dental crown is your best option. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities.