Both dental crowns and bridges are long-lasting, natural-looking restorations. Crowns restore or replace individual teeth, while bridges replace multiple consecutive teeth.
At Holcroft Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we recommend crowns for their durability and natural appearance when a single tooth is damaged or missing and bridges when several teeth need to be replaced. Crowns are also used to hold dental bridges in place.
A crown is a restoration that covers the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape, size, and appearance. It helps strengthen and protect the tooth structure while giving you full function and comfort. Dental crowns are often used on teeth with large fillings or weakened due to decay. Covering the tooth completely with a cap-like restoration can minimize the damage and restore strength and health to the tooth.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns
There are several reasons why a patient might need to have a tooth restored with a dental crown, but the most common one is to strengthen the tooth and restore its normal function. Teeth can become cracked or broken for several reasons, including accidents, biting down on something hard, or grinding at night.
When the tooth’s structure is damaged, it can make eating and drinking painful and affect a person’s ability to smile confidently. With a dental crown, the patient can chew again without worrying about the tooth breaking apart. In addition, the damaged tooth will have a new surface covering and protecting the sensitive soft oral tissues inside.
A dental bridge is a restoration used to replace one or more teeth that are missing or have been extracted. The bridge is attached on either side to crowns, which fit over the teeth adjacent to the gap.
A bridge is meant to restore oral function and prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of place. The crowns that support the bridge and the artificial teeth are custom-made to match the color of your surrounding teeth, so they blend right in when you smile.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges
A dental bridge fills in the gap left behind by missing teeth, restoring your ability to chew and speak properly and improving your appearance. Bridges help to maintain the shape of your face by preventing your jawbone from shrinking over time due to the loss of tooth roots. They also prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of place to fill the gap left by a missing tooth. Finally, a bridge prevents the adjacent teeth from becoming loose or falling out due to a lack of support.
If you are missing one or more natural teeth or have a damaged tooth and want to explore options for restoring your smile, visit Holcroft Cosmetic & Family Dentistry at 2560 RCA Blvd Suite 101, Palm Beach Garden, FL 33410, or call (561) 622-5600.