When you want to replace one or more missing teeth, dental crowns and bridges are two of the most popular solutions. But, how do you decide between these two options?
If you’re unsure which procedure will work best for your particular situation, don’t fret!
We’ll break down the differences and similarities between dental crowns and bridges below so that you can be confident in your final decision.
What is a dental bridge or crown, anyway?
A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth, and is permanently attached to existing teeth. The main difference between dental bridges and crowns is that a crown doesn’t rely on neighboring teeth for support. If you have several missing teeth, either option may be an ideal way to keep your smile looking its best. Prosthodontists are specially trained dental professionals who can help you decide if a dental bridge or crown is right for you. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Swati Sharma to discuss the best treatment plan for you.
The difference between dental bridges and dental crowns
A dental bridge is one of several ways to replace missing teeth.
Prosthodontists—the dentists who fit and make these restorations—place two false teeth on either side of an empty space in your mouth, anchoring them with artificial tooth roots.
Bridges are made with porcelain fused to metal (PFM), gold alloys, or porcelain bonded to a plastic resin base (resin-bonded).
They can be permanently cemented into place by your dentist or they can remain removable so you can easily take them out when eating.
A dental crown is a false tooth, usually acting as a cap over your tooth. It’s typically made of PFM or porcelain fused to metal (PFMs) but sometimes it’s made from a type of ceramic material called zirconia, which may have some advantages over other types of crowns.
Whatever material your new dental crown is made from, it should improve not only how well you chew food but also how confident you feel about yourself.
How long do they last?
There are several factors that determine how long a dental crown lasts. Usually, they’ll last longer than you’d expect. The prosthodontist will carefully evaluate your oral health to make sure you have sufficient tooth structure to support and anchor any dental crowns. Your existing teeth may require some special preparation for proper placement of dental crowns but, if properly cared for, these restorations can last decades.
What if you have multiple missing teeth?
Depending on what’s left of your teeth, your dentist may recommend dental crowns, dental bridges, or removable partial dentures. Each of these options has advantages and disadvantages; one might be right for you while another is not. To help you choose, talk to your prosthodontist and dental lab about what they think will work best.
Your dentist will help you decide if it’s time for a dental bridge
A prosthodontist is a dental specialist that has had special training and additional education to help them fit you with any type of dental crown, bridge, implant, and dentures. The best way to tell if you need one is by consulting with your general dentist first, who will then send you to an advanced dentist if it’s time for a crown or bridge. The cost of these procedures is dependent on your insurance provider and varies from clinic to clinic.
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