Crowns and bridges are both considered prosthetic devices used by dentists to help your teeth look, feel, and work like they are your real teeth. There are many benefits to both crowns and bridges because they’re able to strengthen any damaged teeth you have, help with any shape alignment, and any problems with your dental bite.
A dental crown acts as a hat for your tooth. Crowns take the shape of your natural tooth and are able to be used just like your natural tooth was. The purpose of the crown is so you or anyone else wouldn’t be able to tell from looking at it that it wasn’t your natural tooth. When you have a crown, it will be able to function as your normal teeth would have. Crowns are cemented onto your teeth so you can’t remove them yourself. Some of the most common reasons that your dentist will recommend a crown would be cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth, restore a tooth that’s broken/chipped, replace a large filling, or protect a tooth that’s weak.
A dental bridge is used to fill the gap in between teeth when you are missing a tooth or have a big gap between your current teeth. If you have any gaps left from missing teeth, then it may cause your current teeth to shift or rotate into those spaces which can cause a misaligned bite. A bridge is cemented onto your current teeth to keep it in place, like a crown, you can’t remove them yourself.
A crown or bridge can last your lifetime, sometimes they may get loose or fall out. The best thing you can do for your crown or bridge is to practice good oral hygiene.
If you think you may need a crown or a bridge you can ask us at your next appointment. For any crown or bridge related questions you can call us at 617-315-1515 or contact us online. We want you to have a smile that you want to show off.