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A crown is a restorative device typically made from porcelain that is secured over the top of a tooth to correct issues with its shape associated with injury or decay. Crowns can protect compromised teeth from additional damage and are even used after a root canal.
They’re also used as the prosthetic for a dental implant, can repair a fractured tooth, and replace a tooth which is stained or misshaped. These restorations can also be used to replace a tooth filling when you don’t have much of your natural tooth remaining.
A bridge is used to “bridge the gap” between missing teeth and those remaining. It’s exactly what it sounds like. When you’re missing several teeth next to each other, a bridge is used to correct the issues of teeth placement and bite that develop as a result.
Bridges are custom-made for each client and are secured to the teeth next to the gap or a dental implant if necessary. Most bridges are made from ceramic or porcelain, which is color-matched to your natural teeth.
Additionally, if you’re missing several teeth, but can’t fill every space with a dental implant for whatever reason, you can use bridges to fill the space and connect them to the implants you can place.
There are several benefits to having a crown or bridge procedure performed. They can be custom fit, they’re durable and long-lasting, and they look like natural teeth. Plus, when you fill any gaps present, you correct issues with your bite and teeth placement.
You’ll be able to maintain your facial shape and prevent other teeth from shifting when you have a bridge placed. Best of all, you won’t feel self-conscious about your teeth. If you’re dealing with missing or damaged teeth, contact Town Center Dental to schedule a consultation to discuss crowns and bridges.