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What Are The Differences Between Dental Crowns And Bridges?

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Dental crowns and bridges are among the most commonly performed dental procedures worldwide. Not only these treatment procedures are used for aesthetic purposes but also for restoring optimal dental function. Unfortunately, many people are still not aware of the difference between these two treatment options. So, if you’re also confused about choosing between these two dental treatment options, you have come to the right place. This blog explains the differences between dental crowns and bridges, so you can make an informed decision about your dental treatment. 

What Is The Difference Between A Crown And A Bridge?

According to the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, a crown is a cap-shaped structure bonded to the visible surfaces of damaged, stained, or chipped teeth to restore their function and aesthetics. On the other hand, a bridge is a fixed appliance that rests over supporting natural teeth on both ends and is used for replacing missing teeth. Dental bridges contain crowns on both ends bonded to the prepared healthy teeth, while the missing tooth space is restored with tooth-coloured pontics. So, dental crowns are used for restoring the aesthetics and function of damaged teeth, while dental bridges are used for replacing missing natural teeth. 

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Dental Crowns Versus Bridges?

Although the design of dental crowns and bridges is similar, as they are both bonded to prepared natural teeth, both these treatment options work differently. Similarly, dental crowns and bridges offer various merits and demerits. These are:

  • Pros of Dental Crowns Over Bridges 

    • Dental crowns are more tooth conservative than dental bridges 

    • Dental crowns are less expensive 

    • Dental crowns can be prepared using a variety of materials. However, there are limited options available for preparing dental bridges.

  • Cons of Dental Crowns Over Bridges 

    • Dental crowns cannot be used for tooth replacement. 

Are Dental Crowns And Bridges Long-Lasting?

The clinical service life of dental restorations like crowns and bridges depends on various factors. For example, it depends on the type of material used, the status of the underlying supporting teeth, and, more importantly, the skill of the dentist. So, if these factors are considered while restoring or replacing teeth with crowns or bridges, respectively, their service life can be enhanced considerably, often for 20 years. 

What Is The Difference Between Crowns And Dental Implants?

As discussed earlier, a crown is a cap-shaped restoration used for reinforcing or restoring the aesthetics of damaged teeth. On the other hand, the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry defines dental implants as screw-shaped structures inserted into the jawbone, which serve as replacement roots for artificial teeth. Once the implants become firmly embedded within the bone, a suitable prosthesis is attached to them to replace the missing teeth. So, a crown is used for restorative purposes, while an implant is used for tooth replacement. 

Can You Get Crowns With Periodontal Disease?

Dental professionals avoid performing any restorative procedure, such as porcelain veneers, crowns, or implants on teeth with underlying gum disease. This is because gum disease-affected teeth are likely to be mobile due to periodontal inflammation or suffer from gum recession. In either case, placing crowns on these teeth is not recommended. Hence, your dentist will first treat the underlying gum disease and proceed with crown placement. 

Are Dental Bridges Permanent?

Like all other dental restorations and prostheses, dental bridges are not permanent. With proper care, you can expect your dental bridges to last for about 5-7 years. After that, they will need replacement. But, if you are looking for a tooth replacement that lasts for many decades, you should consider dental implants. 

How Do Crowns And Bridges Help In Restoring A Perfect Smile?

As discussed earlier, a crown can be used for masking permanent teeth stains or restoring other tooth defects like chips or cracks. On the other hand, a bridge is an aesthetically-pleasing option for replacing missing natural teeth. So, dental crowns improve tooth aesthetics through restoration, while dental bridges do so through tooth replacement. 

Can Front Tooth Implants/Crowns Look Natural?

The aesthetics of front teeth are very important as they become visible whenever one speaks or smiles. So, if one has missing front teeth, replacing them with dental implants and using porcelain crowns as artificial teeth offers the best aesthetic outcome. The best thing about porcelain crowns is that your dentist can precisely match their shade with your natural teeth. As a result, dental implant-supported porcelain crowns become virtually indistinguishable and optimally restore one’s smile and facial aesthetics. 

What Type Of Partial Dental Bridge Is Best For Comfort And Fit?

The ideal bridge type for replacing one’s missing teeth depends on various factors, mainly the location and the number of missing teeth. For example, a Maryland bridge offers better aesthetics if a front tooth is missing. However, if a back tooth is missing, and receives heavy biting forces, a conventional dental bridge might be a more suitable option

If you have one or more missing or crooked teeth and you’re looking for a high-class dental practice to replace them in Liverpool, Crosby Dental Should be your first choice. We offer all cosmetic and general dental services under one roof at affordable rates. So, Contact us today or request a £30 health check voucher, and begin your journey towards a healthy, adorable, and lasting smile. So, what are you waiting for? Book an appointment today and take your first step towards your dream smile!



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    Dr Peter Doyle

    GDC No: 64847

    Peter qualified from Manchester University Dental School in 1989 and after returning to his hometown of Liverpool, he established Crosby Dental. He has a special interest in high-end cosmetic dentistry and orthodontic treatments. Peter offers private treatment only.
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