Difference Between Dental Implants and Ceramic Crowns:A Thorough Comparison

It’s common to encounter such questions during consultations:“I don’t understand the difference between dental implant treatments  and cosmetic (or ceramic crown) treatments.”

Implant treatments and ceramic crown treatments differ in both their methods and goals. Here, we will provide a detailed introduction to the differences and characteristics of implant and ceramic crown treatment.

Differences Between Dental Implants and Ceramic Crowns

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Dental Implants: A Solution for Replacing Lost Teeth

Implants are primarily used to replace teeth that have been lost, including the root, due to various reasons.

The procedure involves installing an artificial root to act as a replacement for the missing tooth root, and then constructing a foundation on top of this artificial root. The purpose of implant treatment is to restore the functionality of the original tooth in the area where it has been lost.

Ceramic Treatments: Crowns and Fillings

Ceramic treatments typically involve using ceramics for crowns and fillings. This method is suitable when the natural tooth roots are still present, in comparison with dental implants.

There are treatments like fillings (ceramic inlays) used for areas partially drilled due to cavities, and crowns (ceramic crowns) used for more extensively drilled areas.

Basically, implant treatments are used to replace entirely missing teeth, whereas ceramic treatments are applied where some part of the natural tooth, particularly the root, remains.

About Dental Implants

Dental Implant Case Example

Implant treatment is a method that involves embedding an artificial tooth root into the jawbone and replacing missing teeth with artificial ones.

A Dental Implant consists of three components: Fixture (the Artificial Root), Dental Crown (the Artificial Tooth, also known as the Upper Structure), and Abutment (the foundation that connects the artificial root to the upper structure).

Implant treatment requires surgery to incise the gums and embed the artificial root into the bone.

While there are other treatment options for missing teeth, such as bridges and dentures, implants offer the closest sensation to natural teeth because the artificial root is embedded directly into the bone.

Furthermore, with implant treatment, there is no need to worry about placing strain on the surrounding teeth.

Implant Treatment Duration

The treatment duration for dental implants can vary depending on the location and the condition of the bone, as there is a necessary waiting period for the implant to bond with the bone. 

Therefore, the treatment period can range from 3 months to 1 year, making it longer compared to treatment with ceramic crowns.

About Ceramic Crowns

Ceramic Crown Treatment Methods and Features

Ceramic treatments involve the use of ceramic materials for crowns and fillings. While implant treatments are designed to replace missing teeth entirely, ceramic treatments are performed on teeth that retain their natural roots.

The choice of treatment method is tailored to the current oral condition and the specific needs of the area requiring restoration.

Materials used in ceramic treatments include options such as: All-Ceramic, Zirconia Ceramic, and E-MAX.

The choice of material depends on the area being treated, the current condition of the mouth, and patient preferences.

Ceramic Crown Treatment Duration

The duration of ceramic crown treatment can vary depending on the number of teeth being treated and whether nerve treatment is required, but it generally ranges from 2 to 3 months.

Summary of Differences Between Implants and Ceramics

Dental Implants

Ceramic Treatments

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short-term intensive treatment plans through the use of online consultations

In this session, we detailed the differences and characteristics of implant and ceramic treatments.

The suitability of dental implants or ceramic crown treatments are determined by their intended purpose, along with the current state of your oral health and personal preferences.

At White White Dental Clinic, we offer short-term intensive treatments with Dental Implants and Ceramic Crowns, especially for those coming from abroad.

Before your visit to Japan, we’ll begin with an online consultation to plan your treatment, ensuring a smooth procedure during your stay.

Especially for treatments involving ceramic crowns, the procedure can be completed in as short as two weeks.

Please start with an online consultation.

*Please Note That Short-term intensive plans for overseas customers require a minimum of four or more ceramics.

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