Dental crowns and bridges are two common restorations used in dentistry. If you have one or more damaged or missing teeth, you may be considering one procedure or the other and wondering what the differences are. Dr. George Sferra, your dentist in New York, NY can help you choose the best option for you. Here are four questions you may want to ask before undergoing a dental procedure.
Which is better?
One restoration isn’t necessarily better than the other one. Rather, they both have their own purpose that they may be better suited to. Dental Bridges are used to replace multiple teeth. While dental crowns can also be used to replace a single tooth, they have the additional use of repairing a damaged tooth. A crown is placed directly on top of the damaged tooth, or on top of a dental implant, to strengthen a weak tooth or repair a broken one. It can also be used cosmetically to cover a discolored or poorly-shaped tooth. A bridge, on the other hand, is fixed to neighboring teeth with the dental prosthetic spanning the gap. Crowns are usually used to anchor abridge. Dr. Sferra can offer a recommendation on which solution is best for your needs.
What can they fix?
Bridges are generally only used when one or more teeth have been lost entirely (consecutively). Crowns have several more uses, including:
- Restoring a cracked or fractured tooth
- Protecting a weak tooth from fracturing
- Replacing a large filling
- Covering an implant
- Strengthening a tooth that has had a root canal
What are the benefits?
The main advantage to receiving either dental crowns or bridges is restoring the smile. Fixing or replacing a tooth also helps to maintain good oral health. A fractured tooth can eventually break and possibly develop an infection. Restoring it promptly will help prevent the need for more extensive treatment. A missing tooth can affect the structure in the jawbone where the tooth once was – without having to support a tooth, the bone will recede. Replacing the missing tooth can help prevent this or slow it down.
How long will they last?
How long any restoration will last largely depends on how well it is maintained. Though they are artificial, the restorations – whether a crown or a bridge – will still require brushing and flossing to keep them clean and prevent damage. Additionally, regular dentist appointments twice a year will continue to be important to allow your dentist the opportunity to check on the crown or bridge. It’s recommended that you avoid biting on anything hard to avoid causing damage to the restoration. By following these steps, your crown or bridge can last for years.
If you would like more information about crowns or bridges, or would like some help choosing the restoration for you, contact us at Sferra Dental in New York City to make an appointment