Crowns Vs. Bridges: What's the Difference and Which Option is Best For You?

What is a bridge, What is a crown, Crowns Vs. Bridges: What's the Difference and Which Option is Best For You?

Everyone wants a bright smile showing nothing but clean, shining teeth. So what’s the best option when one of your teeth is broken, damaged or completely missing? The answer depends on your individual situation, but the solution will likely involve either a crown or a bridge to make your smile new again.

Bridges and crowns are both oral prosthetic devices that a dentist will permanently attach, unlike dentures, which patients remove and clean every day. Which one your dentist chooses for you will depend on the tooth you’re trying to replace.

What is a crown?

A crown is used to cover or cap a tooth that has been damaged. Installing a crown not only strengthens the tooth so it can survive, it also improves the alignment, shape, and appearance of the tooth. A crown can also be used on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure, so you can chew and bite normally.

Crowns are permanently cemented into your mouth, and you can brush and floss as normal once the procedure is finished.

Crowns are used when you need to:

What is a bridge?

If you are completely missing one or more teeth, your dentist may want to put in a bridge instead of a crown. A bridge is basically three connected crowns — one for each of the teeth on either side of the gap, plus a false tooth that will go in the middle.

The side teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge, while the false tooth in the middle is called a pontic.

Dentists often recommend bridges for patients who need to:

Both crowns and bridges can be made of different materials depending on your need. Porcelain or ceramic can be matched exactly to the shade of your teeth, so no one will notice a difference.

Gold and other metal alloys are stronger than porcelain, but they have an obvious color difference, so they are usually used in the back of the mouth. Your dentist will work with you to provide the best options for your particular case.

If you think you may need a crown or a bridge, the dental team at Hudson River Dental Arts will be happy to lend their expertise to your situation. Call or book an appointment online today!

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