What Are the Differences Between Crowns & Bridges?

Close-up of ceramic crowns for teeth

Crowns and bridges help make an immediate difference in your smile while improving your overall oral health. The staff at Northside Dental Clinic promises to make your crown or bridge fitting as comfortable as possible. We use advanced techniques to create crowns and bridges that are remarkably similar to the appearance of your real teeth. In today’s blog, we’d like to discuss the differences between crowns and bridges.

What are the purposes of crowns and bridges?

The purpose of both crowns and bridges is to replace missing or damaged teeth, whatever the reason for the loss. Your dentist will examine your mouth, take x-rays, and determine the best treatment option for your missing or damaged teeth. Northside Dental Clinic provides crowns or bridges as two excellent options.

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns cover a worn, chipped, or broken tooth to preserve its original appearance. They also protect the inside of the tooth from further wear. Dentists will try to preserve your original tooth as much as possible because it is stronger than dental implants, dentures, or bridges. Crowns are cemented permanently to your tooth. Unlike dentures, only a dentist can remove a crown.

What are dental bridges?

Bridges cover the gap between missing teeth. These prosthetic devices are made to look like your regular teeth, and they serve as replacements for missing teeth. A bridge uses two nearby teeth as anchors. Crowns cover the existing tooth, while a bridge looks like a full tooth. Bridges can fill in for more than one tooth at a time. Dentists at Northside Dental Clinic can design bridges that look like your normal teeth, so your smile returns to its natural-looking glory.

How do crowns and bridges help my smile?

Either way, crowns and bridges help restore your smile and improve your oral hygiene. You’ll be able to chew your food more readily, and neighboring teeth will stay strong. Your confident smile also returns. 

Where can I get crowns and bridges in Springfield, Missouri?

Do you have questions about crowns or bridges from Northside Dental Clinic? Our staff can help! Contact Northside Dental Clinic today or call (417) 862-2468 for more details on what we can do for you.