Do I Need a Dental Crown or a Bridge?

July 31, 2022 9:29 pm

There are certain preventive steps you can take to preserve the health and strength of your gums and natural teeth. For example: brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time; flossing your teeth every day; consuming a balanced diet; drinking plenty of water; avoiding sugary gum and tobacco products; visiting Ryan Dental for routine checkups and cleanings; and wearing a mouthguard if you play contact sports or grind your teeth. Your teeth can become damaged by neglecting these steps, as well as by accident despite your best efforts.

Restorative Dentistry Options

Having a fully functional and pain-free smile is beneficial for daily living! There are a variety of restorative dental treatments available to restore your smile after damage and infection, no matter how it occurred, to restore function and eliminate pain. Dental crowns and dental bridges are two restorative treatments with some similarities and differences.

Uses for a Dental Crown

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that adheres over the top of a compromised natural tooth. This crown can provide extra support and protection beyond what a filling could provide, cover a discolored or misshapen tooth, and make your smile more uniform. A dental crown can also complete a dental implant tooth replacement after you have healed from surgery.

Purpose of a Dental Bridge

If you’re missing teeth, a dental bridge can fill the space where one or more teeth are missing. A dental bridge that replaces teeth will prevent the neighboring teeth from tilting or drifting into the space. There are various configurations of bridges. The most traditional is a dental crown sandwiched between two other crowns. These crowns are attached to the natural teeth around a gap. Bridges can be made of several materials but still mimic the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth.

Schedule a Consultation with Our Team!

Our knowledgeable team at Ryan Dental can help you decide which treatments would best meet your dental needs. Our treatment plans are personalized based on your goals and budget. Please contact us today to schedule your visit!


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