Dental crowns and bridges are excellent ways to bring life to your smile while also optimizing your oral health. As permanent restorations, both dental crowns and bridges are designed to provide you with many, many years of comfort, function and esthetic appeal.
These restorations share a number of similarities in terms of the clinical procedure, long-term durability, and commonly used materials, but there are also some very significant differences between the two.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is also referred to as a ‘cap’, and is used to restore a single tooth. It’s a porcelain or gold restoration that is custom-designed specifically for an individual tooth and is permanently cemented into place. A crown is typically designed to match the shade of your natural tooth enamel (unless it is made from gold) and covers the entire surface of your tooth, from the biting surface down to the gum line. Dental crowns are strong enough to endure normal chewing forces and can withstand normal brushing and flossing. A dental crown is generally used to restore a fractured or decayed tooth, but can also be used to complete the dental implant process.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A bridge is made from the same materials as a dental crown but is used to replace a missing tooth. Whereas a single crown fits on the top of a single natural tooth, a dental bridge is a series of dental crowns that stretch across the space left vacant by a missing tooth. A bridge is anchored onto the natural teeth located on either side of the missing tooth, permanently capping at least 2 natural teeth. In implant dentistry, dental implants can be joined together with a permanent bridge to create a strong, new biting surface and rebuild your smile.
A bridge is a permanent way to restore your full chewing capacity after the loss of a tooth or after the placement of dental implants.
Crowns or Bridges: What’s best for you?
We would love to sit down with you to discuss your crown and bridge needs. These restorations can be used to serve your functional needs as well as your cosmetic concerns. They can make your smile stronger, more complete, and more attractive – permanently. To learn more about the procedures that are right for you, please contact our office for an appointment today.