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The Difference Between an Implant and a Crown

Posted in Dental Implants

When you’re looking into repairing and replacing your missing or damaged teeth, the different terms used in dentistry can seem a little overwhelming. Add to the fact that some terms are used interchangeably with others, you might feel a little unprepared when you’re headed to your dentist’s office to discuss your options. A couple of examples include crowns and implants. While they often go hand-in-hand, they are very different from one another and serve different purposes.

Full coverage crowns are restorations that are placed over the entire tooth. They are used to repair teeth that are too broken down or decayed to be treated with a simple filling. Crowns are typically made of porcelain, gold, or a metal base. Teeth that have been treated with a root canal are also covered with a crown to protect the weak enamel that remains. However, prosthetic crowns are also be made to be placed on top of dental implants, to serve in the purpose of replacing missing teeth.

Dental implants are artificial titanium tooth roots that are placed into the mouth where the missing tooth once was. The implant itself will support a restoration, such as a crown, bridge, or denture on top of it. Implants are very strong and generally last an entire lifetime if they are cared for properly. While the crown is the top of the tooth, the implant is the bottom. Implants aren’t complete without a fixed restoration on top of them.

Does your smile need to be repaired, but you just aren’t sure what your options are? It’s time to talk to your dentist about your treatment choices.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

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