Losing a tooth, whether it’s as a result of injury or trauma, tooth decay, or gum disease, doesn’t only affect your self-confidence, it can also lead to serious dental issues down the line. At Bela Family Dentistry of Florence, Dr. DuRant and his team help hundreds of patients replace missing teeth with two restorative procedures: crowns and implant crowns.
CHOOSING A CROWN
Both procedures are equally effective in restoring your smile, but there are several significant differences between an implant crown and a crown. Depending on your overall oral health, including your teeth and gums, one procedure might be better suited to you than the other. If you happen to be a good candidate for both techniques, your decision could be based on personal preference or your budget.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CROWNS AND IMPLANT CROWNS
To help you make an informed decision, here’s everything you need to know about crowns and implant crowns.
A crown can best be described as a prosthetic cap that fits over your own tooth. A crown is considered to be one of the most versatile dentistry options when it comes to getting your teeth back to their former glory. It can also prevent further damage by protecting the cracked, compromised, or decayed teeth, and it is a preferred cosmetic technique to whiten stained or discolored teeth.
A crown, once fitted, is the visible part of your tooth that everyone will see, which is why they are customized to meet your needs, considering everything from your alignment and bite to the color, shape as well as the size of your natural teeth.
- Crowns are usually recommended by your dentist to:
- Repair and support a tooth that is badly decayed.
- Provide protection for a tooth after a procedure like a root canal.
- Prevent further damage to worn down or broken teeth.
Change the color, shape or size of your natural teeth.
DENTAL IMPLANT CROWNS
While a dental crown is fitted to a tooth with an existing root structure, a dental implant crown replaces an entire tooth or teeth, including the root. Unlike a dental crown that sits above the gumline, an implant is placed into the jawbone, and a dental implant crown is then attached by a screw. The implant is below the gum line and not visible.
Dental implant crowns are incredibly durable and can last a long time, but you still need to take care of them, making sure the gum around the implant is always clean. Even though it has an artificial root structure and tooth, infection can still occur, and the implant may need to be removed.
A significant difference between a crown and an implant crown is that implants don’t damage your healthy teeth or affect their functionality. But, as your dentist will explain, not everyone is a suitable candidate for implants. Certain chronic conditions, like diabetes, interfere with the healing process, as does smoking.
WHAT YOU NEED TO CONSIDER
During your appointment, Dr. DuRant will do a thorough examination and assess which of the two procedures would be the best one for you. Obviously, if you are a suitable candidate for either procedure, it might be worth weighing up the cons of both.
DISADVANTAGES OF CROWNS
DENTAL CROWNS CAN BREAK.
We are not saying they will break, but depending on what they’re made of, crowns can be somewhat fragile. It is best to take care of them as per your dentist’s instructions to avoid damaging them.
CROWNS CAN BE COSTLY.
Dental crowns, depending on the type of material used, can be expensive, and not all insurances will cover the costs. This doesn’t mean you can’t afford them, it just means you might have to look at the different options to see what will suit your budget.
YOUR HEALTHY TEETH MIGHT BE AFFECTED.
A major concern for people considering crowns is that their healthy teeth might need to be reshaped or bits of a tooth might have to be removed. Dr. DuRant will talk you through this before you make any final decisions.
YOUR TEETH COULD BECOME HYPERSENSITIVE.
Some people may experience sensitive teeth after the procedure, especially with extremely hot or cold temperatures. This is something to consider and discuss during your appointment.
DISADVANTAGES OF IMPLANT CROWNS
IMPLANT CROWNS ARE EXPENSIVE.
Compared to other treatments and procedures, implants are the most costly. For a lot of patients, the expense will be a major deciding factor.
IMPLANTS CROWNS ARE INVASIVE.
Unlike a dental crown that simply fits over a tooth, implant crowns require surgery and will take a few months to heal completely.
THE DENTAL IMPLANT CROWN WILL NEED TO BE REPLACED.
The dental implant is durable and will last a very long time, but the crown that is attached to the implant will need to be replaced at some point.
There are most certainly differences between crowns and implant crowns, but both procedures can help restore your teeth, and strengthen them in the process. Dr. DuRant at Bela Family Dentistry of Florence will weigh up the pros and cons of both so that your decision is an informed one you are completely happy with.