What is the difference between a crown and a bridge?
Crowns and bridges are different dental solutions for a patient’s specific situation. Existing situations determine which is solution is appropriate for a patient.
Let’s define the terminology. A crown is used to restore a broken or damaged tooth to its original appearance and helps prevent additional damage or decay. Crowns may be used in a variety of situations. They may be used to cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment or that is discolored or poorly shaped. A crown can also be placed on a dental implant.
It can be difficult at times to detect that a crown is not a natural tooth. Our office is able to use our CEREC technology and design and place a crown in just one visit. We value our patients’ busy schedules, and in using CEREC, we have experienced firsthand our patient’s surprise at, and appreciation of, a crown delivered without multiple office visits!
A bridge is different from the crown in that it is used to fill an area left open by a missing tooth. A bridge anchors a replacement tooth in the the gap which creates symmetry and a natural appearance. The bridge is bonded to natural teeth surrounding the space where the tooth once occupied.
Benefits of Crowns and Bridges
Both crowns and bridges help in strengthening damaged teeth and improve a tooth’s appearance, shape, alignment and bite. Gaps left open by a missing or broken tooth can cause the remaining teeth to shift and result in a bad bite. Crowns and bridges prevent this scenario from occurring.
The durability and service life of a crown or bridge is important. While they can last a lifetime, they can also fail. The most important step to ensure the longevity of the restoration is to practice good oral hygiene. A bridge can lose its support if the teeth or bone holding it in place is damaged by dental disease. By keeping gums and teeth healthy by brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily and maintaining regular checkups with your dentist and hygienist helps to ensure the long lasting service by a crown or bridge.
Our office offers professional bridge treatments and CEREC allows us to provide our patients with crowns in just one visit.
Call us, 612-781-9270 to see if either treatment is right for you!