Do you wonder about whether to get dental crowns or bridges? Normally, the dentist can inform you which you might need, but we can compare and contrast them so you can be more informed.
Dental crowns and bridges are both used to fix and replace teeth. They do tend to cover different aspects of such problems, though.
Crowns are often used to cover and protect teeth that are broken or decaying, and sometimes they replace teeth that are missing. The crown is made to look like the tooth it is replacing and usually fits over that tooth like a cap.
A bridge is used for replacing teeth, and nothing else really. However, there are various types of bridges for different scenarios. They are not better than crowns; they simply cover a slightly broader field.
Some bridges, like a cantilever and traditional versions, actually involve crowns. The bridges have crowns that are made to fit over the surrounding teeth, once they are filed down. The crowns are conjoined to the prosthetic tooth that replaces your old one, and they are set over the target area. This method allows them to be sturdy and remains in place.
Maryland and implant-supported bridges operate without crowns. Maryland bridges use a small framework to replace a single tooth. Implant-supported ones go straight over the space the tooth sat and attach a prosthetic tooth to an implant the dentist places there. Marylands are good for replacing single teeth in areas where bite force is low without removing much enamel, and implant-supported ones are good for replacing multiple teeth.
Despite their differences, they work for the same goal. They should give back teeth so you can eat and speak normally. They should make those areas strong again.
If you feel you could use some dental repair, or have another dental need, you can schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Stephen Huber. Come to Stephen Huber in Leawood, Kansas, to see him. You can schedule easily by calling 913-543-3751.