Differences Between Dental Crowns and Bridges

April 9, 2018 | By Molarbear

A common question our patients and family members at Molar Bear Pediatric Dentistry ask is: what is the difference between dental crowns and bridges? Dental crowns and bridges are permanent in your teeth and are used as a restorative option. We encourage you to continue reading this article to understand more about dental crowns and bridges.

How do dental crowns work?

Dental crowns cover your individual tooth and provide an added strength to them and correcting alignment issues. They also are used for cosmetic dentistry by changing the appearance and shape of a tooth. Dental crowns can be made from a variety of materials that each have their own added benefits. If you have a weak, discolored, or fractured tooth, then a dental crown may be the perfect solution for you.

How do dental bridges work?

Missing teeth can lead to shifting teeth. If you have any missing teeth, then your dentist may recommend a dental bridge for your smile. This will help to avoid bite and gum issues such as periodontal disease. Dental bridges are fused to the surrounding teeth to create a strong foundation for your new artificial tooth. Dental bridges can also be made with a variety of materials that provide a wide range of different functions.

How long will dental crowns and bridges last?

The most important step in having your dental crown or bridge last is caring for it properly. This entails effective brushing and flossing habits as well as regular visits to your dentist. Dental exams and cleanings are recommended by our dentists at least twice a year to help support your restorations. Avoiding biting down on hard foods such as ice will also help your restorations to last.