When you are missing one or more teeth, your East Bay area dentist has solutions for you. Tooth replacement options include dentures that are removable but can shift around or even fall out of your mouth. Your San Pablo dental team has other options that are more pleasant and help restore your teeth’s natural function and your beautiful smile. A dental crown or dental bridge are both great tooth replacement options. But how are you supposed to know which one is best for you?
Differences between Dental Crowns & Bridges
Dental bridges are used only for the purpose of replacing missing teeth. They include two crowns on each end of the bridge and prosthetic teeth in between. The crowns on the ends of the bridge are fused to your natural teeth. Crowns on the other hand are used to cap a damaged or decaying tooth. They are also used in conjunction with implants. An implant involves your East Bay area dentist surgically implanting a post in your jaw. The post acts as a root and supports a crown that looks like your natural tooth. Even though the two have differing applications, they serve the same purpose of replacing lost teeth.
How do dental crowns & bridges work?
The purpose of a dental bridge is to replace one or more missing teeth. It is secured in place by anchoring to two existing teeth. A bridge is used to fill in the space the missing teeth used to occupy. Bridges will contain one or more false teeth which are sandwiched between two crowns. Once the two crowns are placed over your existing teeth, they become anchors which keep the bridge from moving.
How do dental crowns work?
A dental crown is often the option chosen by Dr. Jacqueline Lee and Dr. Edwin Kim to help save a badly damaged tooth. Many people refer to a crown as a cap since it fits over the tooth and is cemented into place. Crowns are also part of a dental implant. This tooth replacement treatment secures a post to the jaw. Then, a dental crown is placed securely on the post. This option most resembles a natural tooth in appearance and function.
Which is the better option?
In general, a dental bridge will be the recommendation of Dr. Lee if you are missing a tooth or if you are not a candidate for dentures. A crown is often the recommended treatment option if:
- Your tooth is damaged or fractured
- Your tooth has extensive decay
- Your teeth are yellowed or stained
- You have a misshapen tooth or if they are misaligned
How long will dental crowns & bridges last?
If you practice good oral hygiene, bridges and crowns can last for the rest of your life. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily are essential for keeping crowns and bridges in good condition. Make sure to keep your routine visits with Dr. Lee to ensure your teeth are well cared for and keep your regularly scheduled cleanings. Failing to maintain good oral hygiene can cause tooth or bone loss which can loosen crowns or bridges over time. They can also become loose or damaged by eating or chewing on hard foods or objects.
Contact Your San Pablo Dentist
Dr. Edwin Kim and Dr. Jacqueline Lee have many years in restorative dentistry and can help you decide if dental crowns or bridges are the best option in your situation. Call us today to schedule a visit and an exam.