Dental Crown: Crowns are used to completely cover or cap a damaged tooth. Crowns strengthen damaged teeth, while also improving the way it looks, is shaped, or aligned. They can also be placed on top of a dental implant to look and function like a tooth. This fixed prosthetic device is cemented onto a tooth or implant, and can only be removed by your dentist.
Dental Bridge: Bridges are used to “bridge” a gap left behind from one or more missing teeth. They are supported by either natural teeth around the gap or dental implants. Bridges cover the gap between missing teeth. The anchoring teeth are called abutments. The replacement tooth is attached to the crowns fitting over the abutments and is called a pontic.
Dental Implant: Implants are made of titanium (simulating a tooth root) and are placed into the jawbone surgically under the gum line. This allows your dentist to affix replacement teeth or a bridge over the affected area. This stable tooth replacement is unlike dentures in that it can’t come loose and is unlike bridges in that it doesn’t have to be anchored to adjoining teeth.