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What's the Difference between a Crown and a Bridge?

March 15, 2018
Posted By: Pruce Dental

The goal of crowns and bridges is the same in that they both restore the strength and structure needed to chew comfortably by creating a "new" tooth. 

How We Use Crowns

In the case of worn or damaged teeth, a crown creates a new structure because it completely surrounds the existing tooth. We commonly use crowns in the following situations:

  • Protect a tooth damaged by decay when a filling isn't sufficient
  • Strengthen and protect a tooth after root canal treatment
  • Protect a fractured or cracked tooth
  • Restore the functioning part of a tooth after implant placement

We can also use esthetic all-porcelain or zirconia crowns to alter the shape or size of a tooth to improve its appearance. 

Fixed Dental Bridges

The primary purpose of a dental bridge is to replace missing teeth using adjacent natural teeth as anchors. In most cases, bridges are a fixed prosthetic that includes two dental crowns with an artificial tooth (pontic) suspended between them. The unit is secured to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth to restore appearance and function.

The best cosmetic and restorative dentistry focuses on the aesthetics of your smile. Dental crowns and bridges are made of high-quality materials like porcelain that are durable, function well, and look beautifully natural. With proper brushing and flossing habits and regular dental visits, your restoration can last for years. 

Please Call to Arrange an Appointment

We want you to enjoy optimal oral health, but it's equally important for you to feel good about the appearance of your smile.

If you are considering crowns or bridges, please call our Washington, PA dental office to arrange an appointment. Dr. Pruce will listen carefully to your concerns, discuss your options, and develop a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your goal of a healthy and beautiful smile.

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