The Difference Between Dental Crowns and Implants
A dental crown is a prosthetic device that fits over the entire visible portion of a tooth. Crowns are used to cover broken, decaying or discolored teeth to improve the tooth’s appearance and strength. However, some teeth are too weak or damaged to support a crown. When a tooth is missing or needs to be removed, your dentist may use dental crowns and implants together to fill the gap with a new, fully functioning prosthetic tooth.
A dental implant is a titanium screw that acts as the root of a tooth, anchoring it in the jaw. Placement is often performed using local anesthesia or sedation. To place the implant, the dentist first makes a slit in the gums over the site of the missing tooth. This small incision is used to drill a hole into the jawbone. Then the implant is screwed into the jawbone and the dentist stitches the incision closed. It will take a few months before the new implant is ready for a crown.
A mold of the implant is used to make an abutment, a titanium or ceramic rod that connects the implant to a special dental implant crown. The dentist then cements the crown onto the abutment, and the prosthetic is complete. In other cases, a screw-retained implant crown can be directly attached to the implant, without the need for an abutment.
Dental implants require the same care as natural teeth. Flossing daily, brushing twice daily and maintaining regular dental visits keeps the prosthetic clean and free of bacteria. Unlike other tooth replacement methods, implants allow you to comfortably eat the same food you did with your natural teeth and won’t negatively affect your speech. While bridges, dentures, and partial dentures can wear down your natural teeth over time, implants stabilize your jaw without damaging your teeth.
If you are ready to see which is right for you–crowns or implants, call Solomon Dental where dental services are provided 7 days a week at 843-633-8798.