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How to Know You Need a Dental Crown Instead of an Implant!

Seated male patient reviewing his smile in a mirror

 

With so many options available, it can be tricky to know exactly what you need!

You might be wondering, “what is a dental crown?”

Unless you work in a dental office, everything can sound the same.

Your main concern is a healthy and beautiful smile.

You can leave the rest up to your dentist.

But if you’re someone who likes to know all the details, this post will lay out the basics for you. By the end, you’ll be prepared to confidently book your crown appointment.

We’re breaking down a few things today:

  • The difference between a dental crown and dental implants
  • How to know you need a dental crown
  • Types of dental crowns

A crown and an implant have similar goals of brightening your smile but are two very different solutions. So, let’s learn the difference.

What is a dental crown?

Essentially, a crown is a cover, or cap, that your dentist places over a damaged or missing tooth… This text opens the WebMD Dental Crowns Guide in a new tab ….

This might be to protect your tooth or to restore its appearance. A crown is a versatile solution as it works for a multitude of issues.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is secured into your jaw, and a crown is attached to it. Implants are generally your go-to choice when fully replacing a tooth… This text opens the Perio Dental Implants page in a new tab ….

How to know if you need a dental crown.

A crown is placed over the tooth for protection.

Here are a few signs it’s time for a crown:

  • Pain when biting down or chewing
  • Decaying tooth or teeth
  • Sharp or throbbing pain, and tooth sensitivity from a fractured filling
  • You have a large filling – larger fillings can end up needing a crown to protect the integrity of your tooth
  • You recently had a root canal
  • You want to improve the appearance of your smile

The best way to know exactly what’s going on is to see your dentist!

Fun Fact: Your crown might be made out of a variety of materials, depending on what you need! Most commonly, crowns are made from metal, porcelain, ceramic, or metal. Metal crowns are typically made from gold, nickel, or chromium.

However, we don’t expect you to know exactly what you need when you walk in. That’s our job!

To find out which type of crown is best for you, set up a risk-free consultation with one of our highly-trained Woburn dentists.

Say “hello” to a healthy smile this year!

Nothing says smile goals like a healthy smile that shines from the inside out.

A crown might be your next step.

Why choose Dental Health Care of Woburn?

If you want a five-star smile that feels as good as it looks, we’re here for you.

Our Woburn dentists are dedicated to providing first-class dental care.

Our staff focuses on:

  • Personalized care
  • Open communication
  • Inclusivity
  • High-tech equipment

To set up a consultation for your new crown, get in touch with us!

Dental Health Care of Woburn is located in Woburn, MA, and is proud to serve Winchester, Burlington, Stoneham, Reading, Tewksbury, Wilmington, Lexington, Wakefield, and any other surrounding town plus or minus five miles.

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