A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth. It typically involves placing a crown on the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. Then a false tooth (or teeth) is placed connecting the crowns.
In comparison, a crown covers and protects the entire tooth. It is also sometimes referred to as a cap and is used to restore the tooth that is prone to breakage. The difference between the two approaches of cosmetic dentistry is that a bridge will replace a missing tooth or teeth, while a crown will stabilize a compromised tooth where the roots and substructure are still relatively intact.
A dental crown can be used for attaching a dental bridge, covering a dental implant, treating discoloration on a poorly shaped tooth, and covering a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment.
Gaps left by missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to turn or shift into the empty spaces, ensuing in a bad bite. Your dentist may recommend that dental bridges be cemented onto the natural teeth or implants that surround the empty space. These teeth, also called abutments, provide anchors for the bridge. The replacement tooth is called a pontic, and is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. Because a disproportion caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, it is always recommended to visit your dentist to discuss possible dental treatments for your missing teeth.
Your dentist can help you decide which option to use based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations, and cost.
For more information on bridges and crowns contact the dental practice of Dr. Andrew Spath. Dr. Spath will help you determine if one of these options is right for you!
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