Having a tooth repaired or replaced generally comes down to two options: dental implants or dental crowns. A crown is a cap that looks like a tooth and is placed over an existing tooth. It can be used to repair a broken tooth. A dental implant is a surgical implant that replaces a missing tooth and has a crown placed on top to look and function like a normal tooth. Choosing between the two requires a deeper knowledge of the benefits and drawbacks to each option. Here is a comparison of dental implants vs dental crowns.
Dental Implants are More Expensive
If you are sensitive to the price, dental implants are initially more expensive than crowns. Installing a crown is a simpler procedure and requires less time and hardware to place. As a result, it is the more cost-efficient option up front. However, a dental implant can last longer than the crown and will not need to be replaced. Depending on how long you have either option, the dental implant can be more cost-effective in the long run.
Dental Implants Require More Time
Aside from a higher setup cost, dental implants also take more time to place. It can take up to a year to have a dental implant fully finished depending on the work that needs to be done. Patients that need a bone graft to prepare their jaw for the implant may have to wait up to six months for the graft to heal before having the implant placed. The amount of time that it takes often relies on how fast you heal and how much work needs to be done to secure the implant.
Not All Patients are Eligible for Dental Implants
While it is a common option, not everyone is qualified to have dental implants. Anyone trying to have a dental implant must be in sound health otherwise since it is a serious surgery. You must also have a serious need for the implant that qualifies. More importantly, you must have enough bone material in place to place the implant. This may require a bone graft first.
Dental Implants are Permanent Teeth
One of the biggest benefits of a dental implant is that it is a permanent tooth. It consists of a root, abutment, and crown. While the crown may be replaced over a long time, the implant (the root) is permanent. This is a major advantage since you will only need to go through the surgery once, lowering risks and costs for future procedures.
Dental Crowns Must Be Replaced
The biggest drawback to a dental crown is that is will need to be replaced eventually. Crowns wear out from constant use and need to be replaced to be functional. It is entirely possible that you could break a crown as it wears out, or it can fall off. Many crowns are replaced when they show significant signs of wear.
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If you are in the Westford area and want to start your journey toward better oral health, please contact Emerson Dental today at 978-399-0017 to schedule an appointment. We can help you diagnose and address and dental health concerns that you have.