Dental Bridges vs. Dental Crowns

Dental Bridges vs. Dental Crowns

by Stephanie Meadows

Like everything else in life, if you want something to look good and last, you need to take care of it right. Optimal dental care is an everyday process, well actually more like a twice a day process. But with the proper maintenance and attention, the results are a smile that will be with you for the long run. They say “You are never fully dressed without a smile,” and cosmetic and restorative dentistry can make that statement hold value. From subtle changes to major repairs, your cosmetic dentist can perform a variety of procedures to improve your smile.

Often, the first thing people notice about you is your smile. Do you have teeth that are decayed, chipped, cracked, discolored or even missing, due to oral health problems or disease? Well, the good news is that there are many techniques and options to treat teeth that are discolored, chipped, misshapen or missing. Your dentist will suggest a treatment plan to help restore your smile, and give you advice on how to prevent poor oral hygiene going forward.

What are Dental Bridges?

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may notice a difference in chewing and speaking. Bridges can help restore your smile. Sometimes called a fixed partial denture, a bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth and literally “bridges” the gap where one or more teeth used to be. Bridges can be made from porcelain, zirconia, gold, alloys, or a combination of these materials, and are attached to surrounding teeth for support. Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, a fixed bridge can only be removed by a dentist. Dental bridges are a good option for people who are in need of replacing more than one tooth.

What are Dental Crowns? 

If your teeth are becoming weak or are slowly deteriorating, your dentist can help fix your weakened or damaged teeth by placing a crown, an artificial tooth made of porcelain, around the damaged tooth. A dental crown looks like a tooth above the gum line. The crown is placed over the tooth being restored, such as a tooth that has had a root canal, very large fracture, or severe tooth decay. Crowns are used when fillings are inadequate. Since crowns cover the entire surface of the tooth above the gum lines, they protect the tooth from additional wear and tear caused by biting or chewing. Dental crowns are usually made of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. The porcelain of the crown is color-matched to resemble the shade of teeth alongside the one being restored.

Ultimately, with a little work and attention, a good dentist can make your smile ready for the world. To learn more about dental crowns and bridges, and which procedure may be right for you, call 360 Dental Group at (541) 689-1645 to request an appointment with Dr. Binder, or request an appointment online.