If you need to have one or more teeth replaced, you have multiple options for dental restoration. Crowns and bridges are two common approaches, and depending on the situation, one may be more appropriate or desirable than the other.
The team at Silver Lake Dentistry in Raymore, Missouri, can help you determine which option is best for you. Both crowns and bridges are good choices for restoring missing teeth. There are some things to consider when choosing the best fit for your situation.
We’ve gathered some information to help you understand the difference between these two dental restoration options.
Crowns: Tried and True
A crown is one of the most common ways to restore the function of a broken or decayed tooth. It covers the part of the tooth above the gumline. Crowns, which can be made from porcelain, metal, resin, or ceramic, are cemented into your mouth for strength and durability.
Using an all-porcelain crown allows us to match it to the color of your natural teeth so it blends in seamlessly.
After you receive your permanent crown, it functions just like your natural tooth. You can brush, floss, and chew as you normally would.
A crown may be the best option in the following situations:
- To strengthen a weak tooth at risk of breaking
- To restore and protect a broken or fractured tooth
- To use in conjunction with a dental implant
- To cover a discolored tooth
- To restore a tooth after a root canal
Bridges: Reliable for filling in gaps
If you have a missing tooth, a bridge can fill the gap. There are three parts to a typical bridge: two crowns and an artificial tooth. The crowns go on the natural teeth on either side of the gap, and they support the artificial tooth that goes in the middle.
Bridges are a good option if neighboring teeth currently have large fillings and will need a crown in the future. This is a good way to restore a tooth while supporting the adjacent teeth. Bridges also prevent periodontal issues associated with having a missing tooth.
Bridges and crowns can help:
- Restore your smile
- Restore dental function
- Evenly distribute the force of your bite
- Prevent your teeth from moving out of position
Both crowns and bridges can be made of different materials depending on your needs. As we’ve said, porcelain is a popular option as it can be matched to the shade of your natural teeth, so it isn’t noticeable.
Gold and other metal alloys are other options. They’re often chosen for their durability and affordability. Keep in mind that metals won’t match your natural teeth, so they work best for less visible teeth in the back of the mouth.
All patients receive a comprehensive dental examination before we create a treatment plan. Your Silver Lake Dentistry provider discusses your options for dental restoration and recommends the best approach for your unique situation.
If you have a damaged or missing tooth, the team at Silver Lake Dentistry can help you restore your smile. To learn more, set up an appointment online or over the phone today.