Berkeley Prosthodontics and General Dentistry

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 dental crown | dental bridge | berkeley 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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If you are still undecided on which tooth replacement option is right for you, please don't hesitate to call our office. Dr. Au would love to answer any questions that you have, schedule your consultation today.

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