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What Is the Difference Between a Crown and a Bridge?

October 14, 2022
Posted By: 50th and France Dental Care

Most of us will need a tooth repaired or replaced at some point in our lives. Depending on your needs, your dentist may recommend a dental crown or bridge to restore your smile. But what's the difference? Which one is right for you? Here's what you need to know to make the right decisions for your smile.

What Is a Dental Crown?

Your dentist will use a crown to restore a tooth that's severely decayed, fractured, or damaged. Dental fillings are great for restoring small areas of tooth decay, but a crown is necessary when the damage goes beyond that. 

A crown covers your remaining tooth structure to the gumline and closely mimics the shape and shade of your natural tooth. It protects the integrity of your tooth and root, allowing you to eat and chew with ease as you naturally would. In addition, your Edina dentist can custom shade your porcelain crown, so it closely matches your neighboring teeth and complements your smile.

You'll also be able to brush and floss easily, making your crown simple to care for.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

A bridge is different. Comprised of porcelain crowns, your dentist uses it to replace one or more adjacent teeth. A bridge uses two crowns as anchors to your healthy teeth. The crowns on each side support a prosthetic tooth in between that fills in the gap left by your missing tooth.

Your bridge restores the chewing function you lose with tooth loss and helps keep surrounding teeth from drifting into the open space left by your missing tooth. Also made of porcelain, your dentist uses your bridge to restore and enhance your smile.

Contact 50th and France Dental Care

Do you have additional questions about dental crowns and bridges in Edina, MN? Contact 50th and France Dental Care at (952) 922-5561 for more information.

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