If your dentist has mentioned you could probably do with a crown or bridge then you might have wondered what the difference is between these two restorations and when they are used. Once you know, then their uses are very straightforward!
These are also called caps because they ‘cap’ or completely cover up a tooth, right down to the gumline so none of the original structure is visible. We will suggest a crown if a tooth is badly damaged and has lost a large part of its original structure, perhaps through decay or trauma. Crowns can be made from precious metal alloys that are covered up with porcelain, or the metal can be polished to a high sheen, but for a more cosmetically pleasing effect we may recommend the very latest all-ceramic crowns that look amazingly natural. When properly cared for, your new crown should last for many years before you need to replace it.
Bridges are used to ‘bridge’ the gap left by one or more missing teeth in the same area of your mouth. The bridge is supported by crowns placed over the teeth adjacent to the gap and the replacement teeth, called pontics are attached to the crowns. The pontics will rest on your gums, creating a look that is very natural. Bridges can be made from the same materials as crowns and should last a similar length of time. Your new bridge will restore your appearance and your ability to eat.
Prolong the life of your new crown or bridge by making sure you visit Integrated Dental Care for regular check-ups and hygiene appointments.