Dental Implants vs Dental Crowns

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March 24, 2022

If you need a dental restorative procedure due to tooth loss or tooth decay, your dentist may offer you several options including a dental implant or a dental crown. At first glance, these options look similar and dental implants vs dental crowns is a question that many people have. Each procedure has its advantages and disadvantages. It is essential to be aware of each option's pros and cons so you can make an informed choice. This blog will help you find out which option is best for you.

Dental Implants vs Dental Crowns

What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are a type of dental restoration treatment that covers or "crowns" a tooth. Dental crowns are typically made of metal, porcelain, or ceramic, and they are placed on top of the natural teeth that have been damaged. Crowns can also be used to cover up a tooth that is discolored or poorly shaped.

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John Dudley
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I could not be any more fortunate and grateful for Dr. George Orfaly accepting me recently as a new patient! I switched over from my previous provider in a nearby community after receiving subpar care and at risk of losing two teeth. He and the entire team at Fisher & Orfaly Dental have made my transition a smooth and comfortable one, setting me at ease and swiftly on the path to a promising prognosis! I also know that both Dr. Orfaly and Dr. Fisher care a great deal about the community beyond the walls of their practice, too, both quite supportive of local nonprofit and charitable efforts. This all makes me feel wonderful about being a patient, one of the best decisions I've ever made. You and your family should consider switching to Fisher & Orfaly!

William Stewart
William Stewart
January 20, 2022
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Needed a new dentist in Salem, picked Dr. Orfaly by location. I met him before agreeing to my first appointment, and so far, have been very happy. I'm a curious sob, and credit Dr Orfaly for being patient with my atmospheric river of questions. He knows how to relate to patients, and seems to be on top of his game. Highly recommend.

Carol Gray
Carol Gray
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Peter Gaudreault
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Made you feel comfortable, right from the start. Definitely five stars found my new dentist!

Ed Schutte
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I have been a patient of Fisher & Orfaly for many years now. But recently, my whole family moved to the practice. Their approach has always been kind, caring and practical.

Pros & Cons Of Dental Crowns

Pros:

  • Dental crowns provide support for damaged teeth and prevent further decay.
  • Dental crowns can be used to restore the function and appearance of a damaged tooth.
  • Dental crowns are not as expensive as dental implants.

Cons:

  • Dental crowns are a temporary solution for missing teeth, and they will eventually need to be replaced.
  • In some cases, the tooth may become sensitive for some time after a permanent crown has been placed.
  • Dental crowns are not a permanent solution. After some years, dental crowns will need to be replaced.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a type of dental restoration that is used to replace a natural tooth. Dental implants consist of a "root" or a "post" made of titanium. During dental implant surgery, this artificial root or post is surgically placed in the jaw bone. After the healing period, a permanent crown is placed over the titanium root.

Dental implants have one of the highest rates of success in restorative dentistry, making them an excellent option for replacing missing teeth.

Pros & Cons Of Dental Implants

Pros:

  • Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss and can last for a long time.
  • Dental implants mimic the appearance and function of the natural tooth.
  • Dental implants help support the jaw and encourage new tissue growth.

Cons:

  • The cost of the dental implant procedure is more than the cost of dental crowns.
  • Dental implants require a surgical procedure to be placed in the jawbone.
  • Not all patients may be eligible for dental implants. The patient must be healthy and must have enough bone material to undergo dental implant surgery.

Dental implants and dental crowns are both used for tooth restoration and may seem to be similar treatments but they are very different. Crowns are usually used for cosmetic purposes, whereas implants are used when the entire tooth needs to be replaced. Dental implants are more expensive but provide a permanent solution. Dental crowns, on the other hand, are less expensive but will eventually need to be replaced. The procedure for dental implants also requires more time for recovery than dental crowns.

When deciding between dental implants vs dental crowns, it is important to speak with your dentist to see which option is right for you. Your dentist will be able to assess your oral health and determine which treatment option is best for you. The dentist will help select the most suitable treatment after careful examination. Consider all options and treatments with your dentist to make the best decision for your smile.

If you have any questions about dental implants vs dental crowns, please feel free to contact us at Fisher & Orfaly Dental Clinic, Salem, Massachusetts!

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I am someone who has been terrified of the Dentist from a very young age, but after seeing Dr. Orfaly and his team over the past couple of months I have 100% gotten over my fears. I have never felt more comfortable and taken care of by the staff. Everyone is so nice and down to earth they make you feel welcome! Dr. Orfaly even came in on a day they were closed because I was having extreme tooth pain, and he totally fixed the problem, I will never forget that. I’m so happy I decided to go to Fischer & Orfaly, best decision I’ve ever made!

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Before coming to Fisher & Orflay my daughter hated coming to the dentist, she now looks forward to her appointments fully knowing and understanding every procedure being done. They make her visits pleasant each and every time, providing excellent service with the help of their friendly and knowledgeable staff.

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January 22, 2020
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After many years of neglecting my my teeth due to fear of the dentist my dental issues got bad enough that I had no choice but to adress them. I randomly selected Fisher & Orfaly and am very glad that I did. Dr Orfaly did a great job while making sure I was as comfortable as possible.After completing the initial, extensive repairs my mouth looks and feels great. In the 10 years since I first visited I had had no new major work needed. Even better, I can walk into the office without that sense of dread that is familiar to so many people.

Dr. George Orfaly
Dr. George Orfaly, D.M.D.

About the author

Dr. George Orfaly is a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry and has been practicing as a dentist in Salem, MA since 2005. He has consistently improved the lives of his patients by providing them relief, confidence, and healthy smiles. He believes that oral health is directly related to overall health and well-being. Dr. Orfaly has also been an active member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, and North Shore District Dental Society.

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