Dental Crowns and Bridges: Know the Difference

Dental Crowns and Bridges: Know the Difference

Gone are the days when people took their toothless smile to the grave. 21st century is a wonderful time to be alive in.

We now have quite a few dental restoration options. But which one is more suitable for your teeth?

Every individual has unique dental needs and conditions. Whether you need a crown, bridge, denture or implant can only be determined by your dentist after careful evaluation. But before you schedule a visit, it’s essential for you to know the difference between two teeth replacement solutions—dental bridges and crowns.

Dental crowns

A dental crown is a shell that covers your tooth.  This is a prosthetic device which helps your teeth regain the shape, alignment and size that it previously had. Apart from making it look nicely shaped, a crown also adds to the strength of your tooth or covers for any damage.

Dental crowns are constructed in a way that they match the natural shade of your existing teeth. The material used is either porcelain, composite resin or a mixture of both.

Your dentist is most likely to recommend dental crowns if:

  • Your cavity has overgrown for a dental filling
  • Your tooth is fractured, or on the verge of fracturing
  • You have a discolored tooth which you want to cover
  • You want to cover an oddly shaped tooth to have a better smile
  • There is a need to cover a dental implant

Dental Bridge

While the crown covers an existing tooth, the bridge replaces a missing one. A dental bridge not only fills in the gap caused by the loss of a tooth but also improves your overall face structure, smile, and food-biting mechanism.

A traditional dental bridge comprises three elements i.e. a fake tooth supported by two crowns on either side. Dental bridge implantation is a more elaborate procedure than getting a crown. The steps are as follows:

  1. At first, the dentist prepares the teeth on the either side of the gap to support the implantation.
  2. The lab technicians take an impression of the teeth and create a copy
  3. A temporary bridge is attached to the gap while the new one is constructed
  4. The bridge is then cemented and adjusted in its right place

Whether it’s a bridge or a crown, the ADA suggests regular cleanups done by a professional dentist for durability. At Bethesda Dental Health, we offer implantation and repair services for both crowns and bridges.

If you’re based in Bethesda MA, you can schedule an appointment either by contacting us online or by calling (301)6541887.

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