The Patient’s Guide to Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and bridges are two options that treat similar problems, but they are not exactly the same. They can be used together to boost your oral health and the aesthetic appeal of your smile, so talk to your dentist to see if either treatment is right for you. Continue reading for the patient’s guide to crowns and bridges.

Crowns

Dental crowns are among the many cosmetic dentistry treatments that can be used to solve different problems. Your dentist will typically recommend a dental crown if one of your teeth has become diminished, broken, or weakened. The crown will cover your natural tooth, bringing both functional and aesthetic improvements along with it. Crowns are also used as part of dental implant treatment; when the implant has fused to the bone and the abutment has been placed, your dentist will add a dental crown to finish the restoration. Today’s crowns can look just like your teeth, so you’ll enjoy a new tooth that looks right at home in your smile.

Bridges

Replacing your missing teeth promptly is important if you want to preserve your smile and your oral health. If you are missing multiple teeth, a bridge might be a better choice than a dental crown. Your dentist can use a dental bridge to replace multiple missing teeth in the same area. The bridge will be attached to the natural teeth on either side of the gap to fill in the entire space and keep your other teeth from shifting.

Your Treatment

Your dentist can help you decide if crowns or bridges are right for you at your consultation. Crowns are versatile, but bridges may be most effective when you’re missing neighboring teeth.

To find out if crowns or bridges are right for you, feel free to contact Manela Dental or visit our website. We specialize in oral surgery, teeth whitening, and many other treatments. Give us a call at (520) 744-2039 to find out what we can do for you today.