Both dental crowns and bridges are prosthetic appliances used to replace missing or damaged teeth. A dental crown fits over the tooth, either covering it completely or capping it partially, whereas a bridge is anchored in place by dental crowns on either side. A bridge is used to span gaps left by missing teeth, whereas a dental crown is primarily used to protect teeth that have been weakened by decay or damage.
Are they right for me?
Both crowns and bridges are used to restore damaged teeth. However, they are used in different ways. A dental crown is used when a person has a single damaged tooth. The crown fits over the entire tooth and is used to restore the tooth’s shape, size, and appearance. A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge, which is referred to as a “fixed bridge” because the prosthetic teeth do not come out, is anchored to the teeth on either side of the gap. Both these restorations are quite simple and long-lasting.
How are they made?
Crowns can be made from many different types of materials, including porcelain, gold, alloys, and composites. They are custom-made to fit your tooth perfectly. Some crowns are made in one piece, while other crowns are made in multiple pieces so that they can be attached to the tooth more easily.
Bridges are false teeth that take the place of missing teeth. They are sometimes used when a person is missing one or more teeth in a row. Bridges are cemented onto teeth on each side of the space, and an artificial tooth is placed in between. Both bridges and crowns are made of strong, durable ceramic material that will look and feel like your natural teeth. Since crowns and bridges are permanent restorations, they will last longer than dental fillings.
Crowns and bridges require two dental visits. During the first visit, we will prepare the tooth or teeth receiving treatment. In some cases, we will need to remove a small amount of the enamel to allow room for the crown or bridge. Then, we will take an impression of your teeth. This impression will be sent to our dental lab where your custom crown or bridge will be fabricated. During your second visit, we will place the crown or bridge over your teeth and make any adjustments as needed. Both bridges and crowns will last for many years with proper care.
To find out more about the dental services offered at North End Dental, call (719) 471-1900 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 1705 N, Weber St, Colorado Springs, CO 80907.