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Dental Crowns And Dental Bridges – What’s The Difference?

Maintaining general, healthy habits like brushing and flossing coupled with regular checkups can keep your teeth healthy. However, with cracks, decays and external traumas, teeth can get damaged. In such cases, dental restorative methods are used. Such techniques restore the teeth’s functionality and integrity. Depending upon the severity of the damage, direct or indirect restorative methods can be used. Direct restorative technique generally requires a single sitting and is ideal for miniscule damages. But as cracks widen and filings become larger, indirect restoration methods such as dental crowns and bridges come into action.

Both dental crowns and bridges are referred to as restorative/reconstructive dentistry and are used for medical and cosmetic enhancement. Fitting over the affected area, both the crowns and bridges restore the shape and size of the teeth. Since most people are confused as to how crowns differ from bridges, we’ll address the issue in the current post.

What are Dental Crowns?
A crown is essentially a tooth-shaped cap/cover that is placed over a damaged, discoloured, cracked or broken tooth to restore its natural appearance and alignment and, to prevent it from deteriorating further. Crowns are also used to cover the exposed tooth area after a root canal treatment. Made from a variety of materials like plastic, acrylic, ceramic, resin and metal alloys, a dentist would recommend what suits you best depending on the location of the crown. It should be noted that crowns are not veneers. While veneers cover only the tooth’s front, crowns wrap around the entire tooth.

A dentist would recommend a crown to:
– Protect decaying tooth
– Hide discolouration
– Replace a large filling
– Protect tooth from fracturing
– Restore a fractured tooth
– Cover a dental implant
– Attach a bridge

What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is used when more than one tooth is missing. As the name suggests, they bridge the space between the missing teeth using the neighbouring teeth as support structures. A bridge consists of an artificial tooth (pontic) fused between 2 or more crowns and is anchored by the healthy teeth. Just like crowns, there’s a choice of material for bridges too. Porcelain and ceramic bridges can be matched to the natural teeth colour.

A Dental bridge proffers the following benefits:
– Prevent gum diseases and Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)Disorders
– Seamless jaw movement that facilitates proper chewing and speaking (Caused by missing teeth)
– Maintaining natural smile and face structure
– Bite re-alignment

With professional, safe and affordable procedures, Dr. Bhutani Dental Clinic helps you keep your mouth at its healthiest. Schedule an appointment today.

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