Dental crowns and implants serve different purposes, but are both restorative treatments.  

A crown is not a dental implant. While they may appear to be similar, they are two different procedures with different purposes. A crown is used to restore a tooth that has been damaged, while a dental implant is used to replace a tooth that has been lost. If you are considering restorative dentistry, it is important to understand the difference between these procedures and what each can do for you. Read on to find out more about these treatments, and which one is most appropriate for you.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is designed to replace the root of a missing tooth. Made from biocompatible materials, a dental implant is surgically placed directly into the jawbone where it fuses with the bone in a process known as osseointegration.

Dental implants are extremely stable and secure, and will not slip. For this reason, they can help to restore full oral function and are considered a permanent solution to tooth loss.

Once the implant has been placed and your gums have healed, your dentist will attach a crown to complete the treatment. The crown serves as an artificial tooth and will help to achieve a natural-looking result.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a cap usually made of porcelain that is designed to fit over an entire tooth. A crown is used to restore the strength and structure of a damaged tooth, and can go a long way in enhancing the appearance of one’s smile.

While dental implants are used to replaced missing teeth, dental crowns may be recommended in cases where is it necessary to protect a weakened tooth from further damage, or to restore the structure of a worn down or broken tooth. Dental crowns are also used to hold dental bridges in place; to cover discoloured or unevenly shaped teeth; and to cover dental implants.

How can we help?

Missing and damaged teeth can lead to a range of dental problems, including difficulty chewing and speaking. Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth, while dental crowns help to restore and repair damaged teeth. If you have any questions about which treatment is best for your oral health needs, please contact your dentist today.

At G Dental in Melbourne, we offer a range of restorative dentistry services, including dental implants and porcelain crowns. If you have a damaged tooth that you would like replaced or restored, but are not sure which treatment is right for you, we encourage you to come in and see us so that we can advise you on the best course of action.

If you have a cracked or broken tooth that you would like repaired, you may be a suitable candidate for a porcelain crown. We offer both partial and full crowns, both of which can be colour matched to suit the shade of your natural teeth. To find out more about the porcelain crowns that we offer at G Dental, please have a look here.

If you are missing a tooth, you might consider a dental implant. At G Dental, we offer dental implants that can considerably improve both the appearance and function of your smile. To find out more about dental implants and how they work, please have a look here.  

If you would like to arrange a consultation, please get in touch with us here or give us a call on 03 9435 6063. Our team is available to address any questions or concerns that you have, and will guide you through your treatment of choice from beginning to end.