Dental implants and dental crowns: Differences between them

Nowadays, having a beautiful smile is a factor that people look for around the world. This has become very important and influential to feel more confident in themselves and to function better in environments where appearance and good personal presentation play a very important role.

These two treatments: Dental Implants and Dental Crowns are highly sought after today, as they aesthetically improve the smile and improve oral health. Although they may appear to be the same, the truth is that they have differences between them that play a fundamental role in choosing which one is most necessary for the patient. Before knowing their differences, let’s know what these two treatments are about:

Dental Crowns: Dental crowns are a type of cover that is placed on one or more teeth damaged by trauma, cavities or that are crooked, they are made to measure for each patient and are made to recover the correct shape of the tooth, give it resistance and improve its size.

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Dental Implants: Basically dental implants are a titanium screw that is placed in the root of the tooth through surgery, this is the first step that is carried out when replacing a natural tooth that has been lost for various reasons. Its function is to be the main support for the prosthesis that is going to be placed to replace the natural tooth. The step-by-step process of dental implants can be a little long but it is definitely worth it.

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It is important to know the function and differences of each one since patients tend to get confused when choosing the treatment:

Regarding manufacturing:

Dental implants are manufactured with a screw-shaped titanium material. This material is biocompatible with the mouth and is placed in the jaw bone.

Dental crowns are covers made of zirconium, porcelain or porcelain metal, and are made most similar to the natural tooth.

Regarding duration:

Dental implants are made of titanium, they are a biocompatible material that does not shift or wear out. These also with good patient care usually last between 20 to 25 years.

Dental crowns can have a net duration of 15 years depending on the material chosen for them and also the care that the patient provides during use.

Regarding prices:

Dental implants are more complex when it comes to being placed, their prices vary between 2,500 to 3,500 USD in Turkey, unlike countries like the United Kingdom where the price ranges between 3,500 to 5,000 USD for the treatment.

Dental crowns in Turkey are up to 70% cheaper compared to other countries such as Spain, the United Kingdom or the USA, their costs vary between 70 EUR to 240 EUR depending on the type of material chosen for the treatment.

Regarding difficulty:

Dental implants are the most difficult to place since their process is complex. The screw is placed in the root, then a general check-up is performed to look at the state of the bite, then surgery is performed to place the implant; where, if necessary, stitches are placed to close the wound, then the patient must wait a few months for the implant to integrate with the bone and thus finally be able to proceed to place the dental prosthesis.

Dental crowns are mostly sought after for aesthetic purposes, however they also have a process to be placed. In this process it is found that some natural teeth must be filed so that the crown can be properly fitted, so from that moment on the natural tooth is no longer the same and the crown must be placed permanently.

We know that both treatments are fixed and permanent, either because the patient had a total loss due to oral diseases such as cavities, hereditary problems such as crowding or a fracture. Once the dentist places them, they cannot be removable and it is recommended that the patient always have a periodic visit to the dentist to preserve their durability.

If you already have dental implants or dental crowns, remember to visit the dentist periodically since they should be checked from time to time. Likewise, if you do not have one but consider that you need these treatments, visit a trusted dental clinic so that you can obtain all the corresponding information.


Mitch Connor

Mitch is a Bangkok resident, having relocated from Southern California, via Florida in 2022. He studied journalism before dropping out of college to teach English in South America. After returning to the US, he spent 4 years working for various online publishers before moving to Thailand.

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