Dental Reconstruction vs Dental Implants

 What Is the Difference Between Dental Reconstruction and Dental Implants?

Contrary to popular belief, dental reconstruction is not necessarily the same as dental implants, because dental reconstruction is actually an umbrella term for all treatments that can restore the teeth. Therefore, we could state that dental implants are one facet of dental reconstruction. To learn more about current dental reconstruction and dental implant techniques, please read our information below.

Normal Dental Implant Treatments vs. All-On-4

Most patients are already familiar with normal dental implants, but not familiar with the alternative all-on-4 dental implant treatment. All-on-4 is a treatment that is based on inserting four dental implants in the jawbone of the patient, which will carry a whole arch or bridge of teeth.

All-on-4 is the perfect dental implant treatment for patients with little jawbone, because the technique used during this treatment does not require the same jawbone volume as normal dental implants. For that reason, all-on-4 dental implants are often used by patients who do not want to undergo expensive bone grafting treatments.

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Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are also a part of the dental reconstruction category. Dental crowns are used by dentists to protect weakened teeth, restore broken teeth, cover fillings or even hold a dental bridge in the right place.

There are many different dental crowns that can be used for dental reconstruction, this includes stainless steel, metal and porcelain crowns. Each of these crowns has their own characteristics and benefits, so let us take a closer look at each of these options.

Stainless Steel Crowns

The stainless steel crown is used as a temporary fix and attached to permanent teeth. By using a stainless steel crown, the dentist can protect the tooth or a filling. The stainless steel crown is only held in place until a more permanent crown is made.

A stainless steel crown can be used for both children and adults, more specifically to protect a tooth against further damage until a more permanent solution is implemented. They are also a cost-effective solution for patients who cannot afford custom-made crowns or prophylactic dental care.

Metal Crowns

Metal crowns can be made from a variety of materials, which includes gold, palladium, nickel and chromium. When a patient chooses a metal crown, the dentist will have to remove less of the tooth structure in order to implement it. Also, tooth decay of the surrounding tooth structures is kept to a minimum thanks to the nature of the material.

Even though metal crowns do not blend as well with natural teeth like porcelain crowns, they are extremely durable. Metal crowns can handle tough biting and chewing forces, which means they last considerably longer than most types of dental crowns.

Porcelain & Metal Crown

While porcelain crowns are probably the best known types of crowns, porcelain can also be fused to metal and used as a crown. Unlike basic metal crowns, a fusion of porcelain and metal can match the colour of your teeth, therefore giving your teeth a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. However, this type of dental crown can be more damaging to adjacent teeth than metal crowns.

Resin Crowns

Resin crowns are not used that often no more, simply because the material tends to disturb the general aesthetic of the teeth. However, resin crowns tend to be less expensive than most other types of crowns. That being said, the affordability of the crown does not make up for additional problems this type of crown comes with; this includes an increased chance of fractures.

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Ceramic or Porcelain Crowns

When you want to obtain a crown that will keep your teeth looking natural, ceramic or porcelain crowns will probably be your best bet. It is also a suitable alternative for patients with a metal allergy, who cannot take advantage of durable metal crowns. All porcelain or ceramic crowns are less strong than the metal fused porcelain crowns, but they tend to be more aesthetically pleasing.

Temporary Crowns

Not all dental crowns are permanent, because emergency crowns placed in the dentist office are usually of the temporary nature. The permanent crowns used in dental reconstruction are custom-made in a special dental laboratory, and could take some time to be made.

Temporary crowns can be made from a variety of materials; this includes acrylics and stainless steel. However, these temporary crowns are strong enough to keep the tooth protected until the permanent dental crown can be placed.

Zirconia Crowns

Zirconia crowns are mostly made in the dental laboratory, but there are some dental surgeries who have the equipment and the software to make these dental crowns on the spot. Zirconia crowns generally do not need impressions, which means that patients often do not need a temporary crown if the dentist can produce the permanent zirconia crown in his office.

Veneers

Dental veneers are just as important as dental crowns and a vital part of dental reconstruction. They can be described as a thin, custom-made shell, which is specifically designed to cover the outer surface of the teeth and improve the aesthetics of the mouth. Due to the fact that these veneers can be bonded to your natural teeth, dentists can manipulate their colour, shape, size and even length.

While crowns are used to protect teeth, veneers are used to improve the aesthetics of the tooth in most cases. It is a good solution for discoloured and worn down teeth, but in some cases it can also improve the aesthetics of teeth that have been chipped, misaligned, uneven or irregularly shaped.

Conclusion

Patients in need of dental reconstruction, or patients considering a dental implant treatment, can contact the Malo Clinic for an appointment. During your first appointment, our team of expert dentists can examine the problems you are dealing with and provide you with a possible treatment plan to tackle those problems. If you are struggling with dental problems requiring reconstruction, feel free to give our friendly staff a call today, or contact us through the website.

 

 

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