Dental bridges and crowns are both restorative prosthetic devices that are fixed onto natural teeth or implants. Essentially, a tooth crown or a cap is used to restore an injured tooth and prevent further decay or damage. A dental bridge differs because it utilizes surrounding teeth to fill in a gap left by a missing tooth.
A tooth crown is often used to cover a whole tooth or dental implant. This type of prosthetic can correct discolored, cracked or chipped teeth to restore function and aesthetic beauty.
A dental crown may be recommended for patients with the following dental concerns, including:
Two office visits are needed to complete the process of applying a tooth crown. During the first dental appointment, your tooth will be prepared for placement of the crown. An impression will be made and shipped to an outside dental lab. At this time, you will receive a temporary tooth crown that will remain in place for your next appointment.
Once your customized dental crown is finished, your dentist will inspect the fit, feel and appearance. If all is well, the crown will be cemented onto the damaged tooth.
If you are missing one or more teeth, a bridge may be the best solution to restore your smile and mouth function. Since all our teeth are designed to work cohesively, a lost tooth can lead to problems speaking or chewing properly. Missing teeth also increase the risk of bone and tooth loss, and gum disease. A dental bridge can prevent further damage.
However, it is necessary to have strong, healthy adjacent natural teeth or implants to attach a successful bridge. Tooth crowns will be fixed to anchor the bridge.