They are both fixed prosthetics that are cemented or screwed onto existing teeth or implant post.
Crowns are also known as a “cap.” Are usually made of Porcelain fused to metal, Zirconia or emax material. They are usually recommended by your dentist when
• A tooth that has had a root canal treatment.
• To replace a large filling where there is very little natural tooth remaining, to prevent it from breaking or cracking
• To restore a fractured tooth
• Cover a dental implant, screwed or cemented onto the implant post
The first appointment for a crown is the preparation. First, the dentist will prepare the tooth by re-contouring the enamel to give enough space for the crown to fit onto. They will then takes molds of your teeth and send them to the lab to have the permanent crown fabricated. You will leave that day with a temporary crown to cover the tooth until the lab fabricates or until your permanent crown is made and is inserted.
Bridge are used when you are missing one or more teeth. With 2 or more anchor teeth on either side of the gap and a false tooth or teeth in between. They are cemented in and attached to either natural teeth implants or a combination of both. The benefits of having a bridge are
• Replaces missing tooth/teeth
• Distribute your bite more evenly, helping you chew
• Helping your speech if it was affected by a missing tooth.
• Support other teeth in your mouth by preventing tipping and over-eruption with filling the void.
• Restores your smile
• Protects the anchor teeth the same as a crown
If you have any questions about crowns or bridges you should speak to your dentist or dental team to help make a positive choice for you.