Which is Better - Dental Implant or Crown?

Posted on 10/15/2023 by office
Rendering of a dental implant between two healthy teeth and gums at Perrinville Family DentistryDental implants and crowns are standard dental tools that help enhance your teeth' aesthetic appeal. The choice between these tools primarily depends on your dental condition. They serve different purposes and are helpful in other circumstances. Here is an overview of these two options to help you decide which the best alternative is for you:

Dental Implant

A dental implant is a prevalent surgical component that is placed on your jawbone to act as an adequate replacement for your missing teeth. It primarily serves as the best foundation for a prosthetic tooth which will be later placed on top of it. It can be used in various scenarios, such as:

Missing Teeth

If one or multiple teeth are missing due to an accident or severe gum disease, an implant helps to replace such teeth. Before implant placement, your dentist will check your oral and general health. They also need to ensure that you have adequate bone density that can support the implant. This solution is outstanding since it is long-lasting and works like your other natural teeth.

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped tool resembling a cap placed over damaged or weakened teeth. It helps restore your teeth' strength, shape, appearance, and size. A dentist will use this tool if they note you have discolored, chipped, large fillings or teeth.

For Decayed, Fractured, and Cracked Teeth

Dental crowns are most recommended to enhance the aesthetics of a discolored or misshaped tooth. It is a conservative solution that does not require intensive surgical procedures. It can also be recommended if you have undergone root canal treatment and your tooth requires reinforcement.

Choosing between a crown and an implant will depend on the health of the gums and teeth. It can also rely on the recommendations of your dentist and your preference.
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