Restorative dentistry is any dental treatment or procedure that fixes damaged or missing teeth. Two of the most common procedures in dental restoration work are dental implants and dental crowns. Many patients are unsure what the differences are, and might postpone treatment because of this, or indecision.
We will further explain the main differences between a dental implant and a dental crown. However, the best advice anyone can get is by seeing a dentist and talking about their own unique case.
Dental crowns are artificial caps that are placed on top of an existing tooth, or supported by the teeth on the side. They fix extensive damage, like broken or cracked teeth, and can be used to protect a tooth that has had a root canal, or to complete a dental implant restoration.
Dental crowns look just like a natural tooth, and are made to match the color and shape of the other teeth. They cost significantly less than an implant, but rely on an existing tooth for support.
If you are getting a crown on a natural tooth, the enamel will be filed down in order to fit the crown. If the tooth damage is extensive, this saves the tooth, but if you are only repairing small flaws, you should consider bonding or veneers instead of a crown.
A dental implant consists of a metal screw that is inserted in the jaw bone and a crown (which we already defined as an artificial tooth). Depending on the severity of the case, and whether you need a bone graft or not, the process can last from 4 to 6 months, or even more.
While being more expensive and taking more time until the final result, dental implants are permanent solutions and, depending on your age, can be a better financial investment as well. This is because crowns will have to be replaced every 10-15 years while implants can last 25 years or more. Dental implants also promote jaw bone health and keep your whole mouth healthy.
Which One Should You Get?
The best decision for you will depend on the type of problem you have, the budget and dental coverage you have, your medical history, and other factors. It’s best to be seen by a dentist with experience doing both procedures, who can help you make the best decision for your health and lifestyle.
Book an Appointment
If you have damaged or missing teeth, or any other dental problem, Dr. Ryan Rupert and his team of experts at Robinson Township Smiles can assess the case and decide with you what the best course of action is. We will discuss every step with you in detail, and find solutions to fit your budget, schedule and other needs.
Contact us and book an appointment or ask any questions, we are ready to welcome you at our dental office in Oakdale, PA.