At the facilities of Dr. Suzanne Caudry, we know all there is to know about implantology. From the latest innovations and future projections by the world's leading researchers to the earliest versions of the implant procedure-we have an in-depth understanding of it all. At a moment's notice, we're more than willing to answer any client's questions and address any concerns they might have.

With this blog post, we thought we would take a moment to offer some of our knowledge for your benefit. Here, we will be tackling the subject of dental implants. Not just implants themselves, but rather the very important differences between dental implants and dental crowns.

Throughout this post, we will outline some of the main distinctions between crowns and implants and which option might be the best choice for you.

Should you have any questions over the course of this blog post, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Caudry and her staff at (416) 928-3444. We are always ready to take your call.

The Many Differences Between Dental Implants and Crowns

When an individual finds themselves staring at damaged or decaying teeth in the mirror, they might find themselves desperate for a solution. They just might not be sure what that solution might be.

There are two paths one can take, depending on the severity of the issue-one is the dental crown, and the other is the Dr. Caudry specialty: the dental implant.

What Are Implants and Crowns?

While many people might use the words 'implant' and 'crown' interchangeably, there are actually many differences between the two. They vary in the surgical process required to place one and the benefit from each respective procedure.

A dental crown, also known as a cap, goes over the existing damaged tooth. They are designed to resemble teeth. With proper care, a dental crown can protect the restored tooth from future damage and decay. The dental crown is typically made from porcelain and designed to match the colour of the patient's existing teeth.

A dental implant, on the other hand, replaces a damaged tooth entirely. In instances where a tooth has experienced extreme decay, removing the tooth entirely might be the best choice. After safely removing the tooth and cleaning the site, an oral surgeon will surgically place an implant, abutment, and crown. The implant itself is a prosthetic root that performs the same function as a natural tooth's root. These roots are made of strong, biocompatible titanium that aids the restoration of new bone growth around the implant, ensuring recipients can live without worrying about damaging the implant.

Do You Need a Crown or an Implant?

Despite the similarities between crowns and implants, they both serve very different functions.

Full-coverage dental crowns are for those instances when a dental filling may not suffice but the damage is not extensive enough to call for removing the tooth itself. However, in some instances, an oral surgeon might suggest removing the tooth entirely to replace it with a healthy, natural-looking dental implant.

When a dental crown will not restore a tooth to its natural-looking state, a dental implant is in order. If your dentist discovers that the decay or damage goes beyond the tooth's crown and into root or jaw itself, more extensive measures are required to restore oral health.

At the facilities of Dr. Caudry, we are more than capable of preparing your mouth for a new, healthy implant. After preparing the site and making sure your gums are healthy enough to support a new tooth, we will place a natural-looking implant designed to suit your mouth perfectly.

The Surgical Procedures

Most people like to limit the amount of time they spend in a dentist's chair. Over the years, we have come to understand this better than anybody. While the preliminary stages for dental implant surgery might require multiple visits to our offices, the placement surgery itself will only take a few hours at most. We owe the efficiency of our practice to the integrated digital workflows. With computer-guided surgery, the entire surgical process is streamlined and planned to perfection, ensuring less time in the dentist's chair-and an increase in overall comfort for you.

As for dental crowns, the complete process from planning to surgical placement takes little time at all. Given the less invasive nature of the procedure, professionals can typically place your crown in as little time as four hours. With adequate anesthetic, you are sure only to feel the slightest discomfort during the surgical process. Be sure to discuss your pain tolerance and your anesthesia preferences during your consultation and prior to the procedure.

Healing and Aftercare

The post-operative stage for dental implants can be quite lengthy, but don't let that deter you from seeking dental implants. While it might take three to six months for a dental implant to heal completely, a dental implant can last a lifetime.

The recovery period for a dental crown, on the other hand, is quite short. Any discomfort or lingering pain should dissipate after two weeks.

Of course, every client is unique and with that comes a different healing time. Your oral surgeon should take the time to discuss your individual needs and cater to them in a personalized aftercare regimen.

The Best Choice for Dental Implant Surgery

Whether you need an implant or a crown, one thing is certain: the secret to top-quality restorative dentistry lies in the quality of your periodontist. As many in the GTA can already attest, no oral surgeon is better suited to help patients improve their oral health and their smiles than Dr. Caudry.

Feel free to browse our past blog posts or peruse our website for a comprehensive understanding of the services we offer. Are there more questions you need answered? Have you and your dentist determine that you are an ideal candidate for one or multiple dental implants? Whatever the case, we are here to help you. Simply contact us at your convenience. Our phone number is (416) 928-3444 and we can't wait to help restore your smile and confidence.