What is Better, a Crown or an Implant?

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Damaged, decaying or broken teeth are a part of life. No matter how well you take care of your pearly whites, accidents, trauma, medications, natural aging, and even genetics can take their toll on your teeth.

If you have been struggling with falling or missing teeth, you might be wondering what your options are, and which is better.

A crown or an implant are the two most common options for restoring the form, function and aesthetics of a failing tooth. Although each is highly effective, neither are without their drawbacks.

This guide will help you gain a better understanding of each procedure, and which is the better option for you.

Unless you’ve hit the lotto or inherited a fortune, you likely have to consider the costs of everything from insurance to healthcare. As a family-centric practice, we understand the challenges of staying within one’s means and on budget, which is why we work hard to keep prices affordable for individuals and families alike.

You may have heard stories about how expensive dental implants can be. While there is some truth to dental implants being a significant investment in your long term health and wellbeing, they might just be more affordable than you thought.

Not to mention, implants can often save you big in the long run, eliminating the need for root canals, fillings and other dental appliances.

What is a Crown?

A dental crown looks like the visible portion of your tooth above the gumline. The underside of a crown is hollow, allowing it to be placed like a ‘cap’ over the top of a damaged or broken tooth, thus restoring the appearance and function.

Is a Crown the Right Option for Me?

  • Cost – although initially lower than an implant, crowns may not last as long, requiring further procedures down the road
  • Strength and Durability – Crowns can be made from a range of materials including ceramic, zirconia, porcelain and composite. Each of which has it’s own pros and cons to discuss with your implant dentist.
  • Position – Which tooth (or teeth) need restoration plays a large role in whether or not a crown or an implant may be the more appropriate option. Considerations include: visibility and aesthetics, the position of your gum tissue, jawbone density, and more.

    Cons of a Dental Crown:

    • Teeth may need to be modified and fitted for the cap. This is an irreversible procedure.
    • Some patients experience a heightened sensitivity post-treatment (i.e. too cold and hot)
    • Crowns may be prone to damage over time 
    • Less durable and permanent than implants 
    • Dental cement may loosen over time, causing the crown to move or come off.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a common surgical procedure that replaces your existing tooth (or teeth) roots with a post resembling a screw. This post acts as an anchor, upon which an abutment and then a permanent crown is placed atop. Implants are often the optimal and most highly-desired restoration treatment, providing a permanent solution that looks, feels and performs just like your natural pearly whites.

Is a Dental Implant the Right Option for Me?

Every individual’s situation is unique. Although only you and your implant dentist can answer this question, there are some aspects you should take into consideration when making your decision.

Pros of Dental Implants:

  • Permanent and low maintenance 
  • Looks, feels and performs just like the real thing
  • Perfectly matched form, shape and aesthetics (no one will know)
  • High success rate
  • Nuvia Trugeneration™ ensures impressive implant strength
  • Nuvia Rapidrecovery™ offers a fast and innovative natural healing process

Cons of Dental Implants:

  • Not everyone is a good candidate
  • Higher upfront cost (but lower long-term costs)
  • Minor risk of infection (as with any surgery)
  • Longer process (in stages)
  • Inadequate jaw bone density may disqualify a patient or necessitate a bone graft

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Our caring and compassionate team of highly experienced dental implant dentists and dental professionals are ready to help. Give yourself the smile you deserve. 


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