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Crowns Vs. Implants


Posted on 7/10/2023 by Evan
 Crowns Vs. ImplantsDentists have used crowns for decades as a way to replace teeth adults lose due to disease or trauma. Dental implants have been around for less time, but they are also effective at tooth replacement. Which method is better if you have problems with your teeth? Here are the positives and negatives of crowns and dental implants.

What Are Crowns Used For?


Usually, if you have lost a tooth entirely, crowns are not for you. However, if you have broken, chipped, or cracked a tooth, you may be able to cover it with a crown rather than having it extracted. Crowns are usually made of porcelain that overlays a metal cap, which fits over your weakened tooth. The porcelain is made to blend in seamlessly with your other teeth, so no one will know it isn't your tooth.

Crowns are often used to cover teeth that have been weakened due to tooth decay. When a cavity eats too deeply into the enamel of your tooth and reaches your tooth pulp, it causes an infection. Dentists perform root canals to eliminate the infection. They use crowns to keep the tooth strong and protected from further damage.

What Are Dental Implants Used For?


Dental implants are great when you have lost a tooth entirely. In fact, dental implants come the closest to your natural teeth. The implants have a titanium screw that attaches to your jawbone as an anchor, and it has a prosthetic tooth at the top. Because the implant attaches to your jawbone, you don't have bone loss in the same way you do with dentures or bridges. In order to qualify for implants, you can't have any part of the tooth remaining. If you have multiple teeth missing or all of your teeth have been extracted, you can opt for dental implants as well.

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