There are many ways to restore the health of your smile from teeth whitening to full mouth restorations. Depending on the amount of damage, your Marietta dentist may recommend a few different options to you. Today, we’d like to cover dental implants and crowns. We’ll talk about what each procedure is, the differences between them, and why your dentist might recommend one over the other. Let’s dive in.
A dental implant has two parts. The first part is a metal screw that is surgically placed into your jaw bone in the empty space where a tooth used to be. The second part is the artificial tooth, or crown, that is placed on top of the screw to simulate a natural tooth. This implant will function just like your other teeth, but won’t rot or get damaged. You never have to take it out to clean it, like you would with dentures, you can brush and floss it just like your other teeth, and it will last for the rest of your life. Depending on your needs, you can have just one implant placed, a few in a row, or your entire dental arch.
A crown is a shell that looks like a tooth and is placed over top a damaged tooth in your mouth. These are frequently used to repair broken teeth and prevent further damage. Although crowns are long-lasting, they are not considered permanent. At each of your routine check-ups, your Marietta dentist will assess the crown to make sure it is still holding up well. Over time it may begin to wear down, and your dentist will let you know when it’s time to replace the crown with a new one. On average, a crown can last for 15 years. When well taken care of, a crown can last for 25 or even 30 years.
Your Dentist’s Recommendation
When you visit your Marietta dentist, he will help determine which choice is the best for you. This will most likely come down to the amount of damage and the expected deterioration. If your tooth is already missing, you will need an implant. If your tooth is still existing but damaged beyond repair, especially at the root, you will likely need an implant. If the root of the tooth is still healthy, your dentist may recommend a crown instead of a full implant to help preserve what you have. Be sure to discuss any concern you have with your dentist before undergoing any procedure.
Get a Recommendation from CCAD
If you’re looking for a Marietta dentist to provide dental implants, crowns, or another dental procedure, please reach out to us at Cobb Center for Advanced Dentistry. Our own Dr. Patel has worked on hundreds of cases and would be happy to provide an assessment and recommendation for your personal situation. Give us a call at 770-578-1331 or contact us online to schedule an appointment!