Crowns Vs. Bridges: What’s the Difference and Which Is Best for You?

Whether an old filling falls out unexpectedly, or you have one or more missing teeth, you’ll need to discuss and consider options to restore your smile. You need prompt dental treatment any time teeth are fractured or missing due to decay or injury. 

Pro Dental Care dentists Rick Brar, DMD, and Irej Aslam, DDS are devoted to helping you keep your smile bright and healthy. Providing top-quality dental care to the Sleepy Hollow and South Elgin, Illinois, community, Dr. Brar and Dr. Aslam offer a range of dental restoration options, including crowns and bridges. 

Following are answers to questions you might have about both options. 

The importance of replacing missing teeth

If you’ve lost a tooth to decay, disease, or injury, it’s important to discuss treatment options to restore your smile. Even if you’re only missing a single tooth, the surrounding teeth may shift out of alignment, causing bite problems. 

What’s more, when a tooth is missing, bite pressure isn’t evenly distributed, which can cause you to lose bone density in the area of the jaw with the missing tooth. Each time you bite, the top and bottom teeth apply even pressure, which keeps your jawbone strong. After losing a tooth, bone loss can occur if you fail to replace the missing tooth. 

What are dental crowns, and when are they recommended? 

Tooth decay can strike even when you take excellent care of your teeth. That’s why it’s important to attend twice yearly checkups with your dentist. When you have a small cavity, your dentist can use a filling to restore the function and appearance of the affected tooth.

When there is significant decay, you may need something to restore the biting surface of your teeth after your dentist removes the decay. This is where crowns come in. The crown acts as a strong and durable replacement for the biting surface of teeth. You can choose crowns made of metal with a porcelain cover that is very strong and matches the appearance of your surrounding teeth. 

If you have a missing tooth, your dentist may recommend replacing it with a dental implant. After the implant is completed, a crown is placed over the implant leaving you with a natural-looking tooth that’s firmly embedded in your jaw. 

What is a bridge, and when is it recommended?

A dental bridge is another option for restoring missing teeth. It’s aptly named because it creates a strong structure to anchor a replacement tooth in the middle of the bridge, with crowns or implants on each side. The crowns or implants, called abutment teeth, are the strong teeth that hold the artificial teeth in the middle of the bridge in place. 

Your dentist places temporary cement in the bridge to ensure the proper fit. Once the bridge is securely in place and feels comfortable, your provider cements it in place permanently. 

Rely on the outstanding dental providers of Pro Dental Care to take the absolute best care of your smile. From routine cleanings to advanced dental restoration, we have the entire family covered. To learn more and to get started, call our office to schedule a visit with one of our providers or book your appointment online today. 

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