Dental crowns can be placed with an implant or without it, and both procedures are used for the same purpose, to restore a smile by replacing one or more teeth. Each one is specially designed to fill specifics needs, in some cases one will be the obvious choice against the other. Other times you might have to make a choice, today I want to give you enough information for you to make an informed decision if the time comes.
A chipped, rotten or damaged tooth might be so far gone that the only option is to remove it; keep in mind that most dentists will not recommend it, and will instead do as much as they can to preserve your natural denture. But if the case may come, there are different ways to approach this:
As you well know, a crown is the external area of the tooth; but when we talk about dental crowns we usually refer to a synthetic exterior which will be used as a replacement for your natural tooth. The most common process involves grinding the tooth down to a small size, and reshaping it so it can be used as a fixed point to place a dental crown.
The other option is to completely remove the tooth and replace it with an implant which, just as before, will be used to affix a dental crown; some doctors would recommend a mini implant for this kind of procedure, due to their small size and fairly simple procedure.
Which one is the better choice?
As I said before, if it’s possible, you should avoid a full extraction, keeping your natural root is always the better choice; of course, some people might find the idea of getting your teeth grinded a little scary (to say the least), but the other option is to literally take everything out.
The process is painless but uncomfortable, and if you really don’t like the idea then you can always ask for a very mild anesthesia.
On the other hand, if the root is comprised or weakened, then your best choice is to remove it completely and get it replaced with a firm implant, since the procedure does involve an extraction and replacement, minor pain is expected after the procedure, but nothing that ibuprofen can’t take care of.
Either way, you are making a long lasting and high quality choice which will change your life for the better