When is a dental crown used?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that fits over a tooth. A crown is used when a tooth is broken or decayed and when a tooth is misshapen or discolored.
A dental crown covers the entire surface of your tooth above the gum line. It can correct:
- A broken tooth
- A tooth that is decayed
- A misshapen or discolored tooth
- A tooth that has had a root canal
- Cover a dental implant
What is a dental bridge?
The dental bridge is made up of a pontic (false tooth) fused between two dental crowns. The dental crowns fit over the healthy teeth adjacent to the empty space. This prevents the dental bridge from moving out of place. It also provides support and stability for the dental bridge.
The pontic of the dental bridge fills the gap left by the missing tooth. It mimics the form and function of the missing tooth. Dental bridges should last between 5 and 15 years, depending on how well they are taken care of.
When is a dental bridge used?
TA dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Dentures are also an option; however, a dental bridge is often preferred because it can be cemented into place. This helps maintain the structure of the mouth and can help you maintain proper eating and chewing functions.
How are dental crowns and bridges attached?
A dental crown or bridge is cemented or bonded to the tooth with a dental adhesive. These adhesives are durable, but we recommend patients avoid eating hard or sticky candies to prevent damaging the restoration.
A dental crown is cemented into place over the tooth. A bridge is cemented or bonded to neighboring teeth, and the fake teeth of the bridge are cemented or bonded to the neighboring teeth for support. A dental crown or bridge can be secured to a tooth that has undergone a root canal.
What are the benefits of crowns and bridges?
Crowns are used to protect teeth that have been damaged. This includes teeth that have undergone root canal therapy. The crowns are also used to restore broken, cracked, or chipped teeth. They can also be used to fill gaps in between healthy teeth.
Dental bridges can restore your ability to eat and speak normally. Plus, they can restore your facial aesthetics, so your smile looks whole again. Dental bridges are also affordable and durable.
Restorations like crowns and bridges can improve your oral health by:
- Replacing missing teeth or strengthening existing teeth
- Helping you chew food
- Improving your smile’s appearance
- Protecting weak teeth from breaking
- Protecting healthy teeth from damage
- Preventing teeth from shifting
- Improving your speech
Do dental crowns and bridges stain?
Since dental crowns and bridges are made out of porcelain, they are not like natural teeth. Porcelain doesn’t react to the staining agents in foods and drinks the same way natural teeth do. This means that your restorations won’t be discolored by certain beverages and foods, but they will still get stained over time.
Which is right for you?
Crowns and bridges are used to cover damaged teeth, restoring their function and appearance. Both crowns and bridges will restore your smile, but each does different things.
A dental crown is used when a tooth has suffered from severe decay and cannot be rebuilt with a filling. A dental crown is also recommended when a tooth is fractured or cracked. A crown will function and look just like a normal tooth.
A dental bridge is used when a tooth is missing between two healthy teeth. A dental bridge is usually made of porcelain and is permanently bonded to the natural teeth.
When you visit us, we will analyze your dental condition and suggest suitable dental restoration based on your needs and requirements.
Are dental crowns and bridges covered by insurance?
In many cases, dental crowns and bridges are covered by insurance. However, coverage will depend on your individual plan. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to find out whether crowns and bridges are covered by your plan.