If you are missing a tooth or it is cracked and broken, you may be considering cosmetic dentistry.
So is it a crown you should be looking or, or will you need an implant too?
Dental crowns are prosthetics that restore chipped or worn teeth to their original shape. They are designed to resemble the colour and shape of your other teeth so they fit seamlessly in your mouth. Fitted over the existing tooth, they strengthen and protect as well as improving your smile. Crowns can also be used if you have fractured or very large fillings or if the tooth has had a root canal. Most dental crowns last for 10-15 years before they have to be replaced.
Dental Implants can also replace missing or damaged teeth. A dental implant consists of a titanium screw which is placed into the jaw, and a crown which is then attached to the screw. While this procedure can take months or even longer to finalise, it is a permanent solution which is one of the main differences to a bridge of crowns.
An implant is also a standalone restoration which does not involve any other teeth. When teeth are lost, the bone tends to wear away. Dental Implants can be used as a means of stimulating the jaw bone and can provide a solution to bone decay which can cause the face to change shape.
To replace a missing tooth, a bridge of crowns can be inserted. This dental procedure entails the paring down of the two teeth that are either side of the affected tooth and the fitting of a specially made bridge of crowns that cover all three teeth. A dental bridge can be used to maintain facial shape and to avoid the neighboring teeth drifting out of position.
An implant-supported bridge means the dental bridge is supported by implants and not by natural teeth. An implant-supported bridge is generally used when more than one tooth is missing.
What to consider
Long-lasting dental implants need a healthy jaw. Studies suggest implants are more likely to fail in smokers, and dentists are weary of placing implants in those who grind their teeth.
There must be an adequate amount of bone in the jaw to place the implant – if not, bone augmentation would be required.
The cost of crowns and implants
A dental crown in the Turkey can cost €120 – €235
An implant can cost €395– €900 in the Turkey, Though implants are usually a permanent solution.