When you have a dental issue and more than one solution for it, it is normal to get confused between various dental procedures available. The pros and cons of each may make it difficult to make the right selection. But when it comes to deciding between dental implants and crowns, the selection can be made much more easily. Both of these offer solutions for different issues. Let us directly look at the benefits and downsides of each.
What is it?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth gap replacement solution that bonds in the jawbone. They are composed of three parts – a fixture, which anchors the implant into your jawbone; the abutment, which links the fixture to the crown; and the crown, which mimics the appearance of the tooth it’s replacing.
A dental crown is a ceramic or porcelain prosthetic tooth that fits directly over an existing tooth.
When dental implants are placed in your jawbone, they bond with your natural bone. They become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth, called crowns.
When a dental crown is fitted over your tooth or a dental implant, it is fixed in place with a dental cement-like material to keep it in place for at least a decade.
Getting a dental implant is a lengthy and hectic one. They also require a serious time commitment. You’ll have to do 1- 2 invasive surgeries and spend time recovering after each one, which could take a month or two. The entire procedure may take about six months.
Getting a crown is a much simpler procedure than getting a dental implant. It doesn’t require extensive and invasive surgery. The entire process takes about two sittings at your dentist at an interval of about a week or two.
Dental implants tend to last for decades, typically for a lifetime.
Dental crowns are generally brittle and may break, especially if you choose porcelain crowns. If you choose metal crowns, they may not break easily, but can come off due to a certain pressure.
Dental implants, when combined with an artificial tooth or crown, provide a complete dental structure.
Dental crowns, when fitted properly over mildly damaged teeth, can provide a complete dental structure.
Dental implants don’t provide any natural look on their own. You’ll have to opt for a natural-looking tooth or crown to let it look like your natural tooth.
When you choose porcelain or ceramic crowns, they can almost perfectly duplicate the appearance of a natural tooth.
Dental implants can help restore your jaw to its natural capacity and ability.
Dental crowns only restore your damaged tooth by covering them. Although they provide a complete dental structure, they can’t increase your bite strength considerably. You’ll still have to take precautions so that the crown doesn’t come off or break.
The choice to get crowns or dental implants is not a decision to take lightly. Speak with your dentist about your options today so that you can make the right decision in time.