In America, there are over 15 million people who have dental crowns to strengthen their teeth and 5.5 million people who have dental implants. These numbers are on the rise because these procedures are becoming more common.
If you have a damaged tooth, you may be considering your dental options. Understanding the differences between crowns vs implants can seem overwhelming. This article looks at both procedures including the pros and cons of each.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the permanent installation of artificial teeth. This can be a single tooth or multiple teeth. These implants are surgically placed in your jawbone. The implant is a titanium post that will merge with the jawbone to set the implant so it will not move, make noise, or cause bone damage.
The materials used are significantly stronger which causes them to easily last twenty-plus years with proper dental care. Implants are not prone to tooth decay which drastically improves their lifespan. This dental procedure takes months to complete because the mouth must heal before an impression can be made for the artificial tooth/teeth.
If a tooth needs to be replaced, the process is much simpler since the titanium posts are already in place. An impression of the tooth would be made and once the permanent was created it would be slid onto the previously implanted post.
Dental implants are used to improve the overall appearance of the smile and to restore the patient’s ability to chew. They can also provide support for other artificial teeth such as crowns, bridges, or dentures.
Pros of Dental Implants
- Restores Ability to Chew
- Improves Dental Appearance
- Easy Tooth Replacement
- Improves Health of Surrounding Bone and Gums
Cons of Dental Implants
- Requires Surgery
- Most Dental Insurance Won’t Cover Them
- Typically Expensive
- Requires 3-6 Months of Healing Between Appointments
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a prosthetic device that is placed over the top of a damaged, decaying, or broken tooth. A crown is a cap that covers the natural tooth. They are used to protect a weak tooth from further damage, breakage, or falling out.
Dental crowns are sometimes referred to as dental caps and can be used over a tooth that has had root canal treatment or other restorative work. If the patient has excellent oral health, dental crowns typically last a minimum of 15 years!
Pros of a Dental Crown
- Simple, In-Office Procedure
- Relieves Pain and Discomfort
- Protects Natural Teeth from Further Damage
- Restores Patient’s Smile Quickly
Cons of a Dental Crown
- Costly (Depends on Dental Insurance)
- Short Term Sensitivity
- May Need Replacing
- Can Become Loose or Fall Out
East Valley Dental Professionals Can Help
Deciding on either a crown or dental implant can be challenging for various reasons. At East Valley Dental Professionals, we are dedicated to working with families and developing long-term relationships with our patients.
If you are uncertain of a procedure that was recommended for you, we offer free second opinions with no strings attached. Contact our team of professionals at (480) 838 – 3033 to schedule an appointment today!