Tooth decay and gum disease can cause noticeable damage to teeth, sometimes causing them to need to be removed. But missing or damaged teeth don’t have to ruin a smile. Fortunately, crowns and dental implants are great options for restoring smiles—and the confidence that comes along with them!
Dental crowns work well where there is still an existing tooth. Instead of replacing an old, damaged tooth, a crown covers it like a cap. They aren’t cemented into place, so they do usually require that at least part of the old tooth still be there, although they may sometimes be used in conjunction with bridges when just one or two teeth are missing. Crowns aren’t painful, but some patients may have to have part of the neighboring teeth chipped away to make space for the crown. Dental crowns are economical and affordable, but they usually need to be replaced after several years.
Implants are a more permanent solution for restoring a smile. An implant is a titanium cylinder or screw that’s surgically fused into the jawbone, then covered with a prosthetic tooth that looks and feels just like a natural tooth. Dental implants can be installed wherever there are missing teeth, or damaged teeth can be removed and replaced with implants. Unlike crowns, implants can be placed in the mouth without requiring any of the neighboring teeth to be ground down. Dental implants are more expensive and time-consuming to insert than crowns, but they’re low maintenance and usually last forever.
Crowns are right for some patients, while others prefer implants. Crowns are typically better for children and patients who want to preserve their original teeth. Patients with certain chronic illnesses and other conditions may not be ideal candidates for elective oral surgery. Those who opt for implants require healthy gums and strong jawbones, and they must otherwise be in good health to undergo the surgical procedure.
Guri S. Dhaliwal DMD is certified in cosmetic dentistry and full mouth rehabilitation, and he has helped hundreds of patients restore their beautiful smiles using crowns and dental implants. To find out which option would work best for you, call us at (925) 244-9770 to schedule an appointment.