At Truxel Dental, both bridges and crowns can repair a damaged or missing tooth that may need to be replaced. However, the choice between a crown and a bridge depends on several factors, such as which teeth are missing or damaged, how healthy the other teeth are, and the patient’s preference.
Often referred to as “dental caps,” a dental crown covers the entire visible part of a tooth above the gum line. Dental crowns are ideal for protecting damaged teeth from further harm and restoring a tooth that has decayed beyond the point of repair with a filling. A dental crown can also be used to improve the appearance of a tooth that is severely discolored or misshapen.
Why Get a Dental Crown?
One of the most common is restoring a tooth treated for decay and strengthening the tooth to prevent further damage. A crown can also be used to cover discolored or misshapen teeth, improve the appearance of your smile, or even hold a dental bridge in place. In addition to protecting and strengthening damaged teeth, dental crowns may also be used to support a fixed bridge that replaces missing teeth.
Dental crowns can be made from porcelain, metal alloys, or both. Porcelain crowns match your teeth' natural color and are famous for restoring front teeth. Metal alloy crowns may be appropriate if a crown is needed on one of your molars. These crowns are more durable than porcelain crowns but may not be as aesthetically pleasing.
A dental bridge replaces one or more missing teeth with artificial teeth or crowns on either side of the gap. The restoration can be made from metal, porcelain, or a combination of materials. The restoration is permanently cemented and can only be removed by a dentist. Dental bridges require the adjacent teeth to be prepared to hold the bridge in place by your dentist. To maintain your dental bridge, you must practice good oral hygiene and attend regular checkups with your dentist.
How Do Dental Bridges Work?
A dental bridge is a fixed method of replacing missing teeth supported by healthy teeth on either side of the gap. These anchoring teeth are abutments and help stabilize the restoration for reliable function. The replacement tooth is called a pontic, crafted to blend seamlessly with your smile. The bridge is customized to perfectly fit each patient’s unique smile, ensuring that it is comfortable as it restores dental health.
Maintaining good oral hygiene habits is especially important when you have bridges and crowns since bacteria can build up along the gum line around these restorations. Get in touch with Truxel Dental at 3880 Truxel Rd Suite #600, Sacramento, CA 95834, or call (916) 333-2700 for the best dental care.