A crown is a cap that covers a tooth to restore its shape and size, strengthen it, and improve its appearance. Bridges replace missing teeth and close the gap between remaining teeth. They are made up of two crowns on the ends connected to one or more artificial teeth in the middle. At Gallery 32 Dental Arts, Dr. Alman offers patients crowns and bridges made from porcelain or ceramic material that match the color of their natural teeth so that they blend right in.
A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” used to cover a tooth that has suffered significant decay or breakage. They are custom-made to match the size, shape, and color of the natural teeth in the mouth to ensure that they blend in seamlessly. Dental crowns are made from porcelain, metal alloys, composite resin, or a combination of these materials.
A bridge is a fixed prosthetic device that can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. The replacement teeth are supported by dental crowns cemented onto the adjacent healthy teeth. Bridges can be made from porcelain fused with metal or be entirely ceramic. Ceramic bridges are the more popular option because they can be matched to the color of your natural teeth for a more natural appearance.
Which Option Is Best for Replacing a Missing Tooth?
Both crowns and bridges are effective ways to replace missing teeth, but there are essential differences in how the procedures are performed and how the replacement teeth look. To restore a damaged tooth with a crown, our dentist will prepare the tooth by removing its outer portion to make room for the crown. The dentist will then take an impression of the tooth that will be sent to an off-site lab where your new restoration will be fabricated. When your new crown is ready, the dentist will secure it with a solid adhesive paste.
A bridge is a fixed prosthetic that is cemented into place using a strong adhesive. Like a crown, it is custom-made to fit your existing teeth and requires a minimum of two appointments to complete. Since the bridge is cemented, there is no risk of it falling out while you are speaking or chewing food. However, it has to be maintained. Be sure to brush twice daily to prevent staining and buildup of plaque around the bridge. Good oral hygiene habits will also help the bridge last a long time.
Crowns and bridges can be an excellent way to restore your smile after tooth loss. Visit Gallery 32 Dental Arts at 3580 Piedmont Road NE, STE #104, Atlanta, GA 30305, or call (404) 255-6929 to schedule a consultation with our dentist today to learn more about these options!