Recent years of dental advances have not only improved the safety, efficiency, and comfort of dental treatments, but they have also given patients a set of options when it comes to treating the teeth. Rather than taking a “one solution fits all” approach to dentistry, Dr. Thomas G. Zarger, Jr. involves patients in the treatment decision at his cosmetic dentistry practice. Dr. Zarger believes that by presenting patients with information regarding treatment options, patients can choose a dental treatment that best meets their personal needs and desires. Tooth loss is one area that offers patients many dental solutions. For instance, our Knoxville patients who will receive dental bridges are able to choose between implant and crown-supported bridges. The following information regarding these two treatment options can help patients make a decision regarding which technique is best for them.
The procedure for placing an implant-supported dental bridge can be a lengthy process. Implant treatment is a multi-step process in which small titanium screws are surgically placed into the jaw bone where they will act as replacement tooth roots. The dental implants will secure to small metal abutments, which protrude from the gum line and then secure to the dental bridge. There are many advantages and disadvantages to consider for this treatment option.
In order to place a crown-supported bridge, the two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth or teeth are capped with porcelain crowns. The dental bridge is then cemented into place between these two crowns. As with an implant-supported bridge, there are both advantages and disadvantages to a crown-supported implant.
Even with all the information on hand, it can be difficult for patients to determine what treatment option is best for them. Dr. Zarger is happy to offer his professional opinion based on each patient’s unique situation. If you have experienced tooth loss and would like to learn more about implant and crown-supported bridges, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Zarger. We look forward to hearing from you!