Losing, breaking or cracking a tooth can happen to anyone at any time. Through years of research and innovation, dental specialists have developed a variety of techniques for replacing missing or damaged teeth.
People often get these techniques confused. We frequently get asked about the difference between dental crowns, implants and prefabricated posts.
In this article, find out about the different ways to replace missing or damaged teeth.
What is the difference between a crown and an implant?
Dental implants and crowns are both used to replace missing or damaged teeth. Each option has its own advantages and is suited for different situations.
To highlight the differences between them, let’s take a closer look at dental implants and dental crowns.
Dental implants are designed to replace the root of a missing tooth. The implant is a kind of titanium screw that is inserted through the gum into the jawbone. In some situations, a bone graft may be needed to ensure that the implant is well supported. A custom-made dental prosthesis is then attached to the implant to replace the visible part of the tooth.
A crown, on the other hand, is hollow artificial tooth that is custom made to cover over a damaged tooth. Crowns are perfect for people whose teeth are not so damaged that they need to be removed entirely.
When placing a dental crown, the natural tooth is filed down to accommodate the prosthesis. In addition to helping patients regain their smile and mouth function, the crown protects the vulnerable tooth from further damage.
What is the difference between a dental implant and a prefabricated post?
Prefabricated posts are often confused with dental implants as well, but they have different purposes and are used in different situations.
While implants support a dental prosthesis, prefabricated posts are used to stabilize a tooth that has had a root canal and needs a crown. Root canals cause teeth to lose their structure, so they might not be stable enough to support a crown otherwise. Dental professionals will judge whether the post and crown will be sufficient to return the tooth to full function.
Dental implant placement at Clinique Evoro
Crowns, dental implants and prefabricated posts are designed for different purposes. Their placement procedures also vary in complexity. Dental implants must be placed by a maxillofacial surgeon for best results. Do you live in the Gatineau area and need dental implants? Contact the specialists at Clinique Evoro today!