Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges
Both dental crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Crowns and bridges differ from removable devices, like dentures, which you can take out and clean every day. Crowns and bridges are fixed onto dental crowns: The crown is the cover that is set over a separate tooth to protect it from further damage and enhance its general aesthetics. It's a man-made restoration which fits over the part of a fixed tooth that was left, which makes it strong and gives the shape of a natural tooth. It is typically prescribed for situations where a traditional filling can't restore the tooth's frame or capacity.
Dental Bridge: A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth and it actually bridges the gap created when teeth are lost. It's a common, affordable and low-risk treatment for missing teeth. The regular bridge includes one or more artificial teeth, which are known as pontics, which are held in place by two dental crowns, or abutments.
How does a Dental Crown Work?
Apart from restoring a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to enhance the tooth’s appearance, shape or alignment. It also can be placed on top of a dental implant to provide the tooth shape and structure. We use porcelain or ceramic crown which can be matched to the color of your natural tooth.
How does a Dental Bridge Work?
A dental bridge is suggested if you're missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth sometimes cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the blank spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to periodontal disease and (TMJ) disorders. A dental bridge is connected to the natural teeth or dental implants surrounding the empty space. This is called an abutment, which serves as an anchor for the bridge. The replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments.
Advantages of Dental Bridges and Dental Crowns:Advantages Dental Crown:
- Supports a tooth which has been damaged by tooth decay
- Holds together a severely cracked or broken tooth
- Protects a decayed tooth
- Anchor for a dental bridge
- Restores a tooth after a root canal
- Mask any discolored tooth
- Add length or width to misshapen teeth
- Cover for a dental implant
- It replaces the missing teeth
- Restores the function of the teeth such as chewing and speaking properly
- Prevents your remaining teeth from moving that causes a problem in your biting
- Reduces the risk of bone loss so maintain the structures of your face
- The bridges are permanently fixed thus preventing it from moving like dentures
- It is aesthetic, functional, predictable and safe
- Requires less time for final result
- Patients get accustomed to dental bridges in a short time
According to patients, at the first consultation our dentist will decide whether a bridge is the right restorative choice or dental crowns. There is a basic difference between dental crowns and bridges. If you want to know the difference in brief, please call 808-737-9882 or visit www.smilesofaloha.com for more detailed information on the specific dental treatments. ask about our dental plan and offers, which can help make dental treatments more affordable.