How Are Bridges and Crowns Different?

Missing one or more teeth is uncomfortable and can have serious oral health consequences, including bone loss, bite misalignment, and jaw joint disorders. Fortunately, you have excellent options to choose from when it comes to replacing missing teeth.

Among the options for restoring a missing or damaged tooth are bridges and crowns. Both are fixed devices that are cemented to your natural teeth. Here at Dental Designs of Plantation, Dr. John Sarris and Dr. Thomas Copulos offer a full range of dental services for the entire family, including bridges and crowns.

Learn about the difference between these two options and discuss with us to determine which is right for you. Our team of dental experts is happy to make individualized recommendations to meet your needs.

Dental bridges for tooth restoration

Also called fixed dentures, bridges are custom-made tooth replacements. We use your existing teeth on both sides of the missing tooth to hold them in place. 

Bridges are attached to crowns and placed over the teeth on each side to close the gap left by missing teeth. For a traditional bridge, we grind down the teeth on either side of the gap to make room for placement.

We offer four types of dental bridges to meet your needs:

Traditional bridge

A traditional dental bridge is the most popular option and consists of an artificial tooth held in place by crowns. This option requires that you have natural teeth on each side of the gap left by the missing tooth.

Cantilever bridge

This type of bridge uses a single anchor tooth. A cantilever bridge is commonly used for front teeth that require less biting force. 

Maryland bonded bridge

This bridge is structured identically to a traditional dental bridge with the exception of using a metal or porcelain framework instead of a dental crown as an anchor. This framework eliminates the need to grind down adjacent teeth.

Implant-supported dental bridge

As the name implies, implant-supported dental bridges use surgically placed dental implants to hold the bridge in position instead of crowns. 

A bridge requires at least two visits. We must make impressions of your teeth, prepare the teeth that will have crowns, and place your bridge. Once placed, you can expect your bridge to last 5-7 years.

Dental crowns for tooth replacement

A dental crown replicates and replaces the portion of your tooth that sits above the gums. This restores function and improves the shape and appearance of your tooth. Crowns are supported by your natural teeth or a dental implant and are commonly used to:

A crown can be placed on any tooth that has enough material. There are several types of crowns:

All porcelain or all ceramic

With excellent color-matching ability, this option provides a natural appearance and is a good choice for patients with metal allergies.

Porcelain fused to metal

This type of crown combines natural appearance with added durability.

Composite resin

A less durable but cost effective option.

Metal alloys

Reserved for molars, crowns made of metal alloys are highly visible but require less modification of your natural tooth.

Restore your smile with dental restoration

Crowns and bridges are both excellent options for replacing missing teeth. If you have questions about whether a bridge or crown would work better for you, call our office or book a consultation online today.

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