What is the difference between a crown and a bridge?
When looking to replace your missing teeth, it is best to know all of your options and which works best for you.
A crown is a single unit covering over a tooth or tooth area that looks and feels like a natural tooth, and they are “fixed” solutions, meaning they stay in the mouth. Crowns can either be cemented over prepared natural teeth or implant-abutments or screw-retained into implant-abutments. Often times after a root canal treatment or large tooth fracture, a full coverage restoration, or a crown, protects and strengthens a natural tooth. Dental implants can also receive a crown, too, though the crown is usually restored in combination with an abutment for the dental implant.
A bridge is any time a restoration includes more than a single crown. It can be supported by abutments at both ends OR be cantilevered at one end. Bridges can be cemented over natural teeth or screw-retained into dental implants. There are many permutations on how crown and bridge restorations can be designed for maximum esthetics and comfortable, predictable function for patients.
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