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What Is the Difference Between a Crown and a Bridge?

December 8, 2022
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Posted By: Dr. John Savon
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The most significant difference between a crown and a bridge is their functions. A crown restores a damaged or decayed tooth, while a bridge replaces a missing tooth. Here's what you should know.

What Is a Dental Crown?

A crown is designed to restore a damaged, broken, or decayed tooth by covering it with a replica of your tooth made of durable and aesthetic ceramic porcelain. The crown anchors to your remaining healthy tooth structure, preserving the integrity of your natural tooth and root, which is always our goal. 

You'll be able to eat, chew, talk, and smile easily with your new crown, enjoying all the functions of your natural tooth. You'll also be able to brush and floss around your crown just like you were used to, so there's no need to change your home care routine.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge restores a missing tooth without the patient having to endure the surgical procedure that a tooth implant requires. A bridge relies on two crowns to anchor a prosthetic tooth to healthy teeth on each end. The bridge can hold one or multiple artificial teeth in between.

Keeping the anchor crowns clean and bacteria-free with daily brushing and flossing is essential to the longevity of your bridge.

Why Should I Repair or Replace My Tooth?

A tooth that needs a dental crown is likely decayed, damaged, or fractured beyond what a filling can repair. It might even cause discomfort when you bite or chew your food. If you don't fix a tooth in this condition, it will likely worsen and even result in a painful tooth infection.

A missing tooth leaves a gap in your smile if it's not replaced. Neighboring teeth start to move and drift into that gap without a tooth replacement. A bridge fills the opening, protecting your tooth alignment and allowing you to eat easily again.

Do you need more information about dental bridges or crowns in Audubon, NJ? Contact Train Station Dental at (856) 546-0734 for answers to your questions.

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