What Is the Difference Between a Dental Bridge and a Crown?

Dental bridges and crowns are both common restorative devices used by dentists. However, many patients may wonder what they are and when they are used. We are going to take a look at both crowns and bridges and some of the cases in which they are employed.

What Are Dental Crowns Used For?

A dental crown is a cover that goes over a damaged tooth to protect it. There are several circumstances in which a crown may be used, including:

  • Fractured tooth
  • Root canal
  • Dental implants
  • Dental bridges
  • Discolored tooth

These are just some of the many uses of a crown. While crowns used to be metallic in color, now ceramic or porcelain crowns can be made to match the shape and color of the surrounding teeth. This disguises the dental work and creates a more aesthetically pleasing smile.

What Is a Dental Bridge Used For?

You may have noticed that crowns are used in conjunction with dental bridges. A bridge is used to fix a gap between teeth due either to improper spacing or a missing tooth. Since dental bridges are custom made to match your teeth, you may receive a temporary bridge to protect your teeth while the custom bridge is being formed.

To insert a bridge, the teeth around the gap are reduced to allow for the crowns to fit over them both. Then a bridge made of several attached crowns are cemented to the prepared teeth.

Affordable Restorative Dental Care

At Dens in Dente, we strive to provide our patients with affordable options for dental care. While there may be cheaper dental tourism options available, Australian citizens have been warned in the news that inferior services can lead to larger overall bills in the long-run, so don’t take chances with your smile. Schedule an appointment with us by calling 02 8399 3661 today.

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