Implants vs. Crowns: What's the Difference
There are many ways to restore a person’s smile after damage like a severe infection or tooth loss.
But two methods that often confuse patients are dental implants and dental crowns. While they are both types of dental prosthetics, they are used in widely different cases.
Keep reading to find out the difference between implants and crowns.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a type of artificial tooth made up of 3 components:
- The metal post
- The abutment
- The dental crown
The metal post acts as an artificial root and gets inserted in the jaw in order to replace a natural tooth. Then, the abutment is added on top to connect the post to the crown, which is the visible part of the implant.
When Do You Need Them?
Dental implants are used in cases where the patient has suffered permanent tooth loss.
Implant Pros and Cons
- They are a permanent replacement
- Look and feel just like a natural tooth
- They are extremely durable
- They can be expensive
- Patients may need additional treatment before they receive their implants, such as bone grafts or sinus lifts
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are a type of prosthetic designed to restore a tooth’s look and function. They essentially act like caps and get placed on top of a damaged tooth. Dental crowns are permanently cemented on top of your tooth.
When Do You Need Them?
Dental crowns can only be used to strengthen a natural tooth, so they are not a good option for replacing missing ones. Crowns are generally recommended in cases of tooth cracking or severe infections where much of the tooth’s pulp needs to be removed.
Crowns Pros and Cons
- Can restore a tooth without needing to remove it
- Can protect the natural tooth
- Are an affordable restoration procedure
- They can crack and chip over time
- Once damaged, they likely need to be replaced entirely
How to Make Your Final Decision
The best way to know what procedure can restore your smile is to see a dentist for a consultation.
Tooth restoration can depend on many factors, such as your current oral health as well as your desired outcomes. A dentist will, therefore, closely inspect your mouth and determine the best course of action for your specific case.
Book an Appointment at Landman Dentistry by the Lake, PLLC Today
If you want to learn if implants or dental crowns are right for you or what are your other dental restoration options, Dr. L is here to help. During your appointment, Dr. L can help you make the best decision that will give you the smile you deserve.
Want to learn more about our practice? Call us at (845) 628-3200 for a short chat.