Dental Crowns vs. Dental Bridges By Dr. Jose Valenzuela on December 24, 2020

porcelain dental bridgeIf you have a damaged tooth or suffer from missing teeth, Dr. Jose Valenzuela can help. Thanks to state-of-the-art materials and technology, he can craft durable tooth-colored dental crowns and bridges that resemble natural teeth.

In terms of treatment options, dental crowns and bridges serve different functions. The team at our practice serving Los Algodones, Mexico and Mexicali would like to compare dental crowns and bridges so you understand which one might be right for your dental health needs.

What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a small cap that fits over the remaining healthy structure of a damaged tooth. When in place, the crown protects the underlying tooth structure and restores the patient’s ability to bite and chew. When a tooth-colored crown is used, it also restores the appearance of a patient’s smile.

When Is a Dental Crown Used?

Dental crowns are typically used when fillings, inlays, and onlays are no longer able to rebuild the damaged structure of a tooth. Severe tooth decay and fractures will require a crown. A crown can also be used as part of root canal therapy to protect the filled and treated tooth.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a false tooth that is bookended by crowns. The false tooth fits into the gap left by a missing tooth, and the crowns cap the teeth adjacent to the tooth gap. The bridge spans the gap left by the missing tooth, restoring a patient's appearance and their ability to bite and chew.

When Is a Dental Bridge Used?

A dental bridge is used when someone is missing a tooth or two but does not require a partial denture. During the consultation process, we can determine if a dental bridge would be ideal for treating your tooth loss.

That said, there are other options to consider if you are missing a tooth or a few teeth.

Implant-supported Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and bridges can be supported by dental implants in order to replace missing teeth.

An implant-supported crown is used for single-tooth replacement. The implant is anchored into the gap left by a missing tooth. A custom dental crown is crafted to top the dental implant, restoring the appearance and function of a patient’s smile.

An implant-supported bridge is used to fill a gap left by a few teeth in a row. Since a dental implant or two is placed, no crowns are needed to anchor the bridge. The number of implants required will vary based on the needs of the patient.

Creating a Treatment Plan Just for You

Crowns and bridges are effective options for treating different dental problems. Thanks to modern digital impressions and dental milling technology, our Los Algodones practice can make durable, realistic custom restorations here at our office. 

When you visit us, we can assess your situation, discuss your goals, and develop a custom treatment plan that enhances your oral health and overall well-being.

Schedule a Consultation

Bridges and crowns may be just what you need to restore your smile. To learn more, we encourage you to call our office at (866) 223-6147 or contact Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry Center online.

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The Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry Center in Los Algodones offers patients in the Southern California and Western Arizona area state-of-the-art dental work at our modern, inviting, and comfortable dental office. Dr. Valenzuela is a member of multiple prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry

Contact us online or call (928) 792-2156 to schedule an appointment today.

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