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Dental Crowns vs. Bridges

Dental Crowns

You rely on your teeth for everything from talking to being able to eat a balanced diet. But when your smile is affected by decay or missing teeth, you’re not always sure what the next best approach is to return your oral health back to optimal levels.

Our Port Melbourne dentists offer comprehensive restorations like porcelain crowns and bridges; but which is right for you?

Crowns Cover and Protect

Sometimes called “caps,” dental crowns are a protective restoration that covers a tooth all the way to the gum line. They are not for replacing missing teeth, as there needs to be something under it to set the crown on top of. Our Port Melbourne dentists usually only recommend crowns when a tooth is structurally too unstable for a filling.

 

 Bridging the Gap

A bridge spans from one healthy tooth to another, supporting an artificial crown between two functional crowns on either end. Each end covers a healthy tooth while the non-functional crown in the middle simply fills in the open space caused by a missing tooth. Generally, bridges can only replace up to about two missing teeth; if they were any longer it would compromise the integrity of the two teeth supporting it.

 

 Implant Crowns and Bridges

Dental crowns and bridges can both be useful in dental implant cases. Depending on how many teeth in a row are missing, you may want to opt for either one. Single implants are often covered with a crown, while two implants can be used as a pair to anchor longer fixed bridges or multiple crowns.

Contact Port Melbourne Dental Care to learn more about smile reconstruction, crowns, and implant bridges. We’ll help you find a solution to restore your smile’s function and appearance in just a couple of visits!