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What’s the Difference Between Dental Crowns and Bridges?

The dental terms “crowns” and “bridges” are often used interchangeably. And while they do have some similarities and serve a common purpose, crowns and bridges are actually quite different.

Below we discuss the difference between dental crowns and bridges to help you decide which type of treatment may be best for you.

Dental Crowns vs. Bridges

 

The fundamental difference between a crown and a bridge is that a crown is used to repair a damaged tooth while a bridge is used to replace a missing tooth.

Crowns

 

A crown is like a cap or cover that is placed over the top of a damaged tooth. The crown restores the tooth to its original size, shape and strength while improving its appearance. 

Crowns can be made from a variety of materials including metal alloys, ceramics, or porcelain.

Some reasons that your dentist might recommend a dental crown include:

  • You have a cavity that is too large for a traditional filling.
  • You have a tooth that is cracked, chipped, or worn.
  • To protect the restored tooth following a root canal treatment.
  • To improve the appearance of a discolored or out-of-shape tooth. 

 

Bridges

 

If a tooth is missing completely, a bridge may be used. A bridge uses the surrounding teeth as an anchor to hold a false tooth in place. As the name implies, it “bridges” the gap from one tooth to the next. 

If more than one consecutive teeth are missing, a longer bridge may be used to fill in multiple empty spaces. 

A dental bridge can restore your bite, maintain the natural shape of your face and improve the overall appearance of your teeth. Plus, a dental bridge also restores function to your mouth and helps you chew properly. 

Bridges are generally made from metal, ceramics, or a combination of the two. 

Installing Dental Crowns and Bridges

 

The team at Smith Family Dentistry in Wilmington, NC, can install dental crowns and bridges that will restore your smile and oral health alike. 

If you have any further questions about dental crowns or bridges or need some help determining which type of treatment may be best for you, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (910) 762-5235 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment. 

We also provide a number of additional dental services such as dentures, veneers, implants, and aligners in addition to cavity treatments, root canals, and more. 

Give us a call today to take the first step in restoring your smile.