What’s the Difference between a Crown and a Bridge?
Crowns and bridges are both restorative dental treatments, but they are used in different ways and solve different problems. While crowns and bridges restore function and improve your ability to chew with comfort, all the dental care we provide is also esthetic in nature.
Crowns and bridges can be an important part of your cosmetic dentistry at our Harleysville dental office.
What Is a Crown?
A crown is a durable tooth-shaped shell that fits over the top of a prepared existing tooth. Crowns can be used to:
- Repair a tooth that has been damaged by trauma or decay
- Protect a tooth that is fragile from root canal therapy
- Conceal or camouflage teeth with esthetic flaws like severe discoloration
- Build up a worn down or eroded tooth
We can even replace a missing tooth using a crown as part of a dental implant system.
What Is a Bridge?
A bridge is a fixed appliance that replaces one or more missing teeth. It is made up of crowns that fit over the adjacent teeth (or dental implants!) and a replacement tooth called a pontic, which “bridges” the gap to fill in the space.
Esthetic Restorative Dentistry
At our practice, we use custom-crafted porcelain restorations to repair and replace damaged or missing teeth. These restorations are designed by Dr. McMaugh to blend in beautifully with your existing dentistry. After all, we want people to comment on your attractive smile, not your dental work!
While you may think of porcelain as a fragile substance, dental porcelain is actually just as durable as your own natural teeth and stands up well to normal use. It’s also resistant to staining. These features help your dentistry last for years.
Although a crown or a bridge won’t decay like natural tooth structure, it can still build up plaque and tartar, and you can still develop gum disease or decay in your other teeth. Maintaining a regular brushing and flossing home hygiene routine and visiting our office for exams and cleanings as recommended by Dr. McMaugh will help extend the life of your restorative dentistry – and your natural teeth, as well!
If you are missing one or more teeth or you have teeth that are unsightly or are causing you discomfort, please call and schedule a visit at our Harleysville dental office today!