We can all agree that tooth loss sucks. It is a problem that most Americans face as they age, and the reasons may vary. In some cases teeth loss is due to poor dental hygiene, bad habits, even a bad diet can ruin your smile. The natural course of things is that we lose them because of old age. That is why it is so important to take good care of our teeth, so we don’t have to spend so much money to replace them, but that is subject is for another time.
For today I want to address to a question I get a lot from patients that cross the border to Los Algodones Mexico to get excellent deals in dental treatment. They ask me more often than not what is the best choice for replacing their teeth. Some are more inclined to think that dental implants is the best choice over dental crowns. But others will differ to this. Let’s try to review both procedure to settle this.
Dental implants are really cool because they offer a real solid solution to permanent teeth. The procedure basically consist in a post screwed into the jawbone, leaving a post that can be used to rest a crown, a bridge, and even dentures. Getting a dental implant takes a day, but the patient must rest at least 6 months to wait it heals before getting crowns or dentures.
To take care of dental implants it is important to be on a healthy diet and to have a really good dental hygiene. So keep in mind that if you choose this treatment you have to keep brushing your teeth, glossing and rinsing at least twice a day. The good thing is that dental implants can last a life time if you take good care of them.
Dental crowns are simply a cap made from porcelain or metal alloys to cover a natural tooth. The dentist has to work the tooth carefully to shape it so the dental crown can fit in nicely. Crowns are cheaper than implants and can last 10 years or so with good care.
A nice thing about dental crowns is that you have many options to choose from. You have your porcelain fused with metal, full ceramic or porcelain and zirconia that are the strongest one and more durable. Always consult with your dentist to evaluate the options and choose the best for your case.
How does they compare?
First of all let’s talk about prices. Dental implants are more expensive than crowns, but that does not mean that they are strictly better. It is important that you evaluate your needs and budget before committing with a decision. What I always suggest is that you talk to your closest dentist to review the information of the procedures. Here at Dental Solutions Los Algodones always want the best for our patients.
Another point to consider is durability. Crowns are easier to take care but they don’t last as long as implants. Eventually after 5 to 10 years, depending on the quality they can break or fall off. That is why some dentists suggest that implants are the best way to go because they offer better support for crowns. In the end, if you ask me I think implants are better for replacing a few teeth. Specially if you need bridges and dentures.
Crowns are better for patients that want to replace a couple but don’t want to spend a lot of money. The thing is that you have to look for top quality dental crowns that won’t budge or break after a year or so. If you are interested in top quality dental treatment hit us up and we will take care of you.