The Differences Between Crowns and Bridges

By Richard Ta, DDS
February 26, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns  

Whether your teeth are badly damaged or missing altogether, at Richard Ta, DDS, your trusted Fremont dentist, you will be given a few options for replacing your teeth. Two of the most common are crowns and bridges. Read on to learn more about each!Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns

If you have a large cavity, a fractured tooth or a tooth that is badly damaged, Dr. Ta will likely recommend a dental crown. A crown is a dental device that covers the chewing surface of your tooth to provide stability, structure and support. The crown sometimes covers only the surface of the tooth, or it can be attached to a dental implant to replace a tooth that is missing.

Dental Bridges

If you have one or more teeth that are missing altogether, your Fremont dentist may recommend a bridge instead. Bridges fill gaps in your smile by suspending a new, false tooth in between your existing teeth. Your existing teeth are filed down, and a bridge is put in place to span the gap and fill the space between. Bridges can be used to replace one tooth or several teeth in a row.

Crowns and bridges are both made in a similar fashion. Your Fremont dentist will take impressions of your teeth and send the impressions to a lab. The lab will create your new crown or bridge to the exact specifications your dentist has sent. This will help ensure that your new dental device will fit properly and comfortably, and that your bite will remain perfectly aligned. Once your dentist places your crown or bridge, he or she will check again manually to make sure that everything is fitting well.

Crowns and bridges are both excellent options for restoring a badly damaged or incomplete smile. If this describes your smile, dental crowns or bridges may be just what you need. Visit Dr. Ta for a consultation today.