What is a Bridge?
A bridge is a fixed dental restoration (prosthesis) used to replace one or more missing tooth by joining an artificial tooth definitively to adjacent teeth or dental implants.
A bridge spans the area where the tooth or teeth are missing. They are attached to the existing natural teeth or implants that surround this space. The natural teeth or implants that provide support to the bridge are called abutments. Depending on the type of bridge, natural abutment teeth may be reduced in size to accommodate the bridge to fit over top of them. An impression will be taken of the abutment tooth or implant and space to provide a mold to create the bridge. Using this, the bridge is then fabricated in a dental laboratory.
What is a crown?
A crown, sometimes known as a dental cap, is a type of dental restoration that caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant completely. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. They are typically bonded to the tooth using dental cement. Crowns can be made from many materials, which are usually fabricated using indirect methods. Crowns are often used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth. While inarguably beneficial to dental health, the procedure and materials can be relatively expensive.
The most common method of crowning a tooth involves using a dental impression of a prepared tooth by a dentist to fabricate the crown outside of the mouth. The crown is then attached at a subsequent dental appointment. Using this indirect method of tooth restoration allows the use of strong restorative materials requiring time-consuming fabrication methods requiring intense heat, such as casting metal or firing porcelain that would not be possible to complete inside the patient’s mouth. Because of the expansion properties, relatively similar material costs, and cosmetic benefits, many patients choose to have their crown fabricated with gold, which we are happy to do here at Rice Area Dental. Contact Rice Area Dental today to set up an appointment to discuss adding caps to your teeth.