Dental crowns and bridges are both popular treatment options for patients with missing or damaged teeth. But what is the difference between these two devices- and which one is right for you? Here’s what you need to know about dental crowns and bridges.
Why Are Dental Crowns and Bridges Used?
Dental crowns and bridges are both used to replace missing teeth. They are both made out of strong, subtle materials that create the look of natural teeth. They are also both custom-made, ensuring a fit that looks natural and feels comfortable. However, the devices are used to meet different patient goals.
Dental crowns are small caps that resemble the top of a tooth. They are individually attached, either to a dental implant or on top of a damaged but healthy tooth, such as after a root canal. Of course, crowns provide aesthetic benefits. However, crowns attached to dental implants provide health benefits as well. Over time, dental implants fuse to a patient’s jaw bone, helping patients regain jaw strength for a more functional mouth.
Bridges are false teeth that are anchored on each side by a dental crown or cap. These crowns create a “bridge”, with the false tooth inside. Bridges are a great option for patients with one missing tooth and an otherwise healthy smile. Whereas crowns can be used to restore a damaged tooth, dental bridges are only used to replace a missing tooth. When the bridge is in place, patients will enjoy the look of a fully restored row of teeth.
Talk to an Oral Surgeon
If you are considering dental crowns or bridges, then it’s important to see an oral surgeon. They can assess your smile and help you choose the best treatment option. They can also examine your teeth and help you plan for your long-term smile goals.
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Rock Creek Oral Surgery offers a variety of restorative dental tools. We work with each patient as an individual to ensure that they get the best treatment for their unique smile. Explore our website to learn more about what we do. Ready for your consultation? Call us at (832) 930-7801.