Palm Family Dentistry
Daniel J. Palm, DDS
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What Is the Difference Between a Dental Crown and a Dental Bridge?

February 11, 2020
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Posted By: Palm Family Dentistry
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Are your teeth weakened, cracked, or damaged? Do you have a missing tooth that creates a gap in your smile?

If so, you may be interested in learning what your smile makeover options are, depending on your needs. At Palm Family Dentistry in Prairieville, Dr. Daniel Palm provides various natural-looking dental restorations that could strengthen and enhance your teeth. 

Situations That Might Call for a Dental Crown

Dental crowns are durable dental prosthetics that cover or "cap" the entire tooth, which provides added support, stability, and protection to a weakened tooth. There are many different reasons why patients may need the added boost of a dental crown, including:

  • Chipped or cracked tooth
  • Cavity that is too large for a filling
  • Prevent a tooth from fracturing further
  • Act as the attachment for a dental bridge
  • Covers a dental implant
  • Enhances and covers a severely stained or misshapen tooth
  • Protects a tooth after root canal therapy

Situations That Might Call for a Dental Bridge

We recommend dental bridges for patients who have one or more missing teeth and are interested in tooth replacement. Dental bridges erase the unsightly gap in your smile while also preventing neighboring teeth from shifting over the space. 

Tooth bridges are held in place by using the adjacent teeth that surround the empty space to act as anchors for the bridge. Your restorative dentist will cover these teeth with dental crowns and bond a replacement tooth (called a pontic) to the tooth crowns, creating a "bridge." Your dentist may recommend a dental bridge to address the following situations:

  • Replace a tooth that has fallen out
  • Restore bite and eating capacity
  • Enhance the cosmetic appearance of your smile
  • Maintain the integrity and structure of your face
  • Prevent teeth from shifting and damaging existing teeth
  • Restore impacted speech

Find out What's Right for You by Scheduling With Your Prairieville Dentist!

Dental crowns and bridges are straightforward dental procedures that do not require surgery and can last for 10 to 15 years with proper maintenance and care. Both are built to blend in with your smile without looking artificial, bulky, or noticeable. Call Palm Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment to learn more about your smile restoration options. 

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