If you’re feeling confused about which dental treatment option is best for you, just know that you’re not alone. When you have a tooth-related problem, ACME Dental may recommend a dental implant, filling, or crown based on your specific situation. The information below will help you in your research, but always feel free to reach out to our team directly for advice.
Dental Implant, Filling, or Crown: What are the Differences?
Dental Implants involve placing a metal support within your jawbone through an outpatient surgery. The type of metal used is friendly to the body, and titanium is the most common choice. Over time, your jawbone cells will fuse together with the implant.
When this fusion, called osteointegration, occurs, the end result is more natural and it keeps your bones healthy. Implants do not have the downside of slipping over time, such as other dental treatment options. Dental implants will remain firmly in place without affecting other teeth.
One of the largest benefits of implants is how easy they are to care for. They require very little change from your daily routine. However, implants can tend to cost more than other options.
A filling involves removing tooth material that has decayed. Then, we clean the tooth and fill it. Fillings are typically made of porcelain, amalgam, gold, or composite material (a resin that looks like a natural tooth).
Fillings are used to treat standard cavities. However, they may not be the right option for more severe cavities or teeth problems. In these cases, crowns may be a better option.
Dental crowns are prosthetic teeth made out of porcelain or ceramic. A big difference between a filling vs. a crown is that a filling requires the removal of material. A crown is simply placed over the tooth without removing the existing tooth.
While fillings can be effective for restoring lower levels of tooth decay, crowns are necessary when it is more serious. The crown helps to protect your teeth from incurring more damage. They also keep your bite functional.
Crowns can be combined with other treatment options such as bridges, which feet between gap in your teeth to hold the crown in its place. Crowns are effective for supporting larger fillings, restoring broken teeth, or filling gaps between teeth. Crowns are permanent, affordable, and very easy to clean.
Keys to Consider
Your ACME dentist will tell you if you need a dental implant, filling, or crown by using the following criteria:
- How severe your tooth decay is
- What your budget is
- What results you are looking to achieve
- Additional relevant factors
Where to Have Your Dental Implants, Fillings, or Crowns Done
If you need to have a dental implant, filling, or crown done, all you need is a regular check-up with our team at ACME Dental. We can help you with most of your specialized, cosmetic, emergency, and general dental needs, including implants, fillings, and crowns.
Our team is happy to explain the various dental treatments so you can compare your options and make the best decision for you. Schedule an appointment with us today so you can get the healthy smile you’ve always desired.