Differences (or similarities) between dental implants and dental crowns

If you’re reading this, chances are, you’re on the lookout for a natural looking dental restoration to replace your missing teeth. Two of the most popular options that you have no doubt come across would be those of dental implants and dental crowns.

You might then be asking: Which of the two should I go for? What are the differences between them, and why do they matter to me?

First, you’ll need to drill down (forgive the pun) to the basics of what each restorative procedure is designed to do.

Dental Implant vs Dental Crown: What are they designed for?

Just by looking at what each does – or indeed, does best – the difference begins to show.

While dental implants offer one of most viable teeth replacement methods around, the dental crown is more specifically used to cover the visible portions of a tooth in order to restore its functionality.

What that means is, if you are missing one or more teeth, a dental implant treatment may be what you’re looking for.

On the other hand, if your tooth is decayed or damaged but not to the extent that will require an extraction, then the dental crown option sounds like the better of the two.

There’s one other thing that may be a little confusing. Although the crown and implant may be recommended as different options, they can be used in conjunction to solve the same dental issue.

Despite their fundamental differences, they are not mutually exclusive. As will be explained in clearer detail, you can picture the dental implant as an artificial tooth root, and the crown as the replacement tooth cap that covers the portion of the tooth that extends above the gumline (or the visible part).

For example, if you are missing a single tooth that requires extraction, your Canberra dentist may suggest replacing it with an implant-supported crown. That treatment option combines the aesthetic and functional advantages of both restorative treatments.

Dental implants

As a restorative and teeth replacement option, Dental Implants offer many advantages over dentures, crowns and bridges.

  • Look, feel and function like your natural teeth
  • Can be used to replace both single as well as multiple tooth
  • Do not slip and slide like removable dentures
  • Look and feel like natural teeth
  • Are easy to maintain and clean
  • Allow you to eat, brush and floss as you would with natural teeth
  • Prevent bone loss
  • Protect other teeth
  • Are long-lasting.

Dental Implants promote good oral hygiene because they are easy to brush and floss, yet do not decay like real teeth. They do not wear down your healthy teeth because unlike a dental bridge for example, they do not require using your existing teeth as anchorage points. 

As importantly, they provide a robust and stable support for your prosthetic teeth as they are placed directly into the jawbone via a surgical procedure. The biologically compatible titanium implants also help to preserve your natural tooth bones and prevent them from degenerating – a process known as bone resorption. Inserted into your jawbone, the implant can even help to stimulate bone growth.

Dental crown

Perhaps the biggest benefit of dental crowns is that they help to preserve your natural tooth root and partial tooth. Unlike dental implants, the dental crown option does not require surgical intervention.

Dental crowns are also less time consuming compared to traditional implants. It generally takes about two to three dentist visits to fashion a dental crown. By comparison, dental implants require a longer period for the implant to fuse with the jawbone and heal, before the artificial tooth may be attached. There are of course, other dental implant treatments like All-on-4 that require a less patient involved experience and shorter process.

In terms of cleaning and maintenance, the dental crown will require a bit more attention than dental implants. All in all, looking after your dental crown is not dissimilar to taking care of your natural teeth, however, you will need to get them regularly checked by your dentist canberra to make sure they are functioning well.

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