Crowns or dental implants
Crowns or dental implants are options to replace missing teeth. Here at our Glasgow based clinic we can discuss which option best suits you. If we feel that you are a good candidate for either procedure than the final decision may come down to you so let’s look at the difference.
Crowns or dental implants – the difference
Crowns are porcelain or ceramic prosthetic teeth that fit over your existing teeth often used to go over a badly decayed tooth. To do this, the remaining good teeth on each side, if there are any, are ground down so that crowns can be placed over them. The entire bridge is permanently cemented onto the natural supporting teeth. This means more stability for chewing and speaking and look more like your own teeth, than say a denture. A crown when fitted will help maintain proper tooth alignment and helps to preserve your bite. Cleaning is much the same as for your natural teeth. Fixed bridges tend to be less expensive than implants.
A dental implant involves surgically placing a metal support into your jawbone. The metals used in implants are compatible with the body meaning your jawbone will attach directly to the metal . After the implant is securely fused to bone a prosthetic tooth is attached on top of the implant. The resulting connection between this tooth and your jawbone is thought to be more natural and beneficial for maintaining healthy bone. Like crowns, implants don’t shift or slip. They are as stable as natural teeth, allowing you to chew and speak easily. Unlike crowns, they don’t need teeth for support, so no tooth structure is ground down from other teeth. Implants maintain the contour of your face and preserve bone where a tooth has been pulled. They also prevent other nearby teeth from shifting. Not everyone can have dental implants and financially it is normally more expensive than getting a bridge or crown. So just some of the differences between crowns or dental implants.
Crowns or dental implants – what’s next?
To see the full benefits of both crowns and dental implants call one of our expert staff at your nearest UK clinic and arrange a FREE consultation today.