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Are Dentures Better Than Crowns

Posted on 4/1/2024 by Weo Admin
a pair of traditional dentures in a glass of waterThere are several ways to restore your smile, but understanding the nuances of the different dental solutions is an essential first step. You might have heard of crowns and dentures and wondered which option is right for you.

What Are Crowns?

Crowns are commonly called caps because they are dental appliances used to cover a broken, chipped, or discolored tooth. Crowns are also custom prosthetics that your dentist manufactures using an impression of the tooth the crown is meant to cover.

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are comprehensive replacements for missing teeth. They do not improve on a natural tooth but instead stay in place of a natural tooth. Usually, they are a dental solution that is more suitable when you are missing two or more teeth.

Dentures vs. Crowns: Which One Is Better?

Essentially, dentures and crowns are designed to serve unique purposes. A crown is a good choice when you are looking to restore your smile. It is more of a good option for cosmetic dentistry when your tooth is chipped, discolored, or broken. Your dentist might recommend a crown when your dental issue does not involve complete tooth loss.

Conversely, dentures are the ideal option for near-total or total tooth loss. Although they may not feel like natural teeth, modern-day dentures are made to last and achieve the same strength as natural teeth.

There are a few cases that make crowns a better option than dentures. For example, a crown is a good option when you are missing a large part of your natural tooth, and tooth filling is not an option. Crowns are also a better option to restore a broken tooth. If you also feel that your teeth are weakening and need to be strengthened, a crown is the better option. Crowns are also the better option when you are looking to cover discolored teeth.

Closing Remarks

Choosing between crowns and dentures does not have to be complicated. Crowns are ideal for covering and protecting damaged teeth, while dentures replace missing teeth. If you need further guidance, contact our expert dentists today. We will gladly answer all your questions.

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