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Dental Implants Vs. Crowns: Helping Your Patients Make the Right Choice

October 15, 2022
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Dental implants and crowns are both popular restorative tools. However, there are a few things that patients should consider when choosing one over the other. So how can you support patients during this decision? Below, we’ll go over the top things that dentists and patients should keep in mind when discussing dental implants vs. crowns.

Dental Implants Vs. Crowns

Firstly, it’s important that patients know the difference between dental implants and crowns. Of course, dental implants include a crown, which is attached to an implant abutment. However, when talking about dental implants vs. crowns, most providers are talking about crowns attached to a natural tooth vs. crowns attached to an abutment. Make sure that your patients are clear on this definition before you make treatment recommendations. It might sound obvious to you, but this small piece of clarity can make a big difference for patients.

Choosing Between Implants and Crowns

Both implants and crowns have many benefits for patients. With implants, patients are able to replace missing or severely damaged teeth with a new permanent smile. Implants are strong and stable, so they add stability to the mouth and help patients maintain strong jawbones after tooth loss. However, implants do require extensive oral surgery, which might be undesirable for some patients.

Dental crowns can also be placed on top of existing teeth to repair the damage. These crowns are more affordable (and far less invasive) when compared to dental implants. They are also a great option for patients who do not have the jaw strength needed for dental implants. However, crowns are not a permanent solution.

Assessing Patient Health

A dental consultation is the best way to determine if implants or crowns are the best solutions for your patient. This appointment gives you the opportunity for a visual exam and imaging, while also giving the patient the opportunity to ask questions and clarify their treatment goals.

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