Dental Implant or Crown: What's Best for You?

 Azarko Marketing  Friday, July 14, 2017

Dental problems such as tooth decay and tooth loss can not only take away the confidence you have in your smile, they can put the health of your other teeth at risk as well. Luckily, an Edmonton dental clinic providing dental implants and dental crowns can help you restore the function and appearance of your teeth. At Azarko Dental Group we are proud to offer both options to our Edmonton patients.

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A dental crown is essentially a tooth-coloured cap made of porcelain or metal which can be placed over top of a tooth in order to restore its shape, appearance, and strength. The crown is cemented into place above the gum line and acts as the tooth's new outer surface. To make a crown, your Edmonton dentist will first take an impression of your tooth. The impression is then used to create a uniquely sculpted crown made specifically to work with your bite.

Dental implants differ significantly from crowns in that they take the place of a natural tooth after the tooth has fallen out or been extracted. A dental implant is made up of two main components: a titanium root and a porcelain crown. The root of an implant is attached to the jawbone, and the crown is then attached to the top of the root. A dental implant feels, functions, and looks just like a natural, complete tooth.

Deciding Between a Crown and an Implant

Sometimes, the choice between a dental implant and a dental crown is made for you. If your tooth is still in place but cracked or partially worn away due to tooth decay, your Edmonton dentist might suggest restoring the tooth with a crown. If you have a missing tooth or if your tooth is too badly decayed and needs to be extracted, then your dentist may suggest an implant instead.

Many people prefer dental implants because they feel and function more naturally. Though dental implants are initially costlier, the titanium root of an implant can last a lifetime. However, not everyone is a good candidate for dental implant surgery. Chronic illnesses such as diabetes can interfere with the healing process, as can habits such as smoking. Dental implants also require the patient to have healthy gums and a strong jawbone for the implant to anchor to.

Edmonton Dentist Providing Crowns and Dental Implants

Choosing between a dental crown and a dental implant is an important decision. The Edmonton dentists of Azarko Dental Group can answer any of the questions you might have, and let you know whether you might be a better candidate for one or the other. We are here to help restore your smile with comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dentistry services.

If you're thinking about getting a dental crown or implant, then we encourage you to contact one of our two Edmonton dental clinics today to schedule an appointment.

West Edmonton Dentists

780-483-7079

14938 Stony Plain Rd.

Edmonton, AB T5P 3X8

South Edmonton Dentists

780-988-8190

969 James Mowatt Trail SW

Edmonton, AB T6W 1S4