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What is the Difference Between Dental Crowns and Bridgework?

What is the Difference Between Dental Crowns and Bridgework?

When you are worried about losing a tooth, the last thing you need to be thinking about is your new dentures. Dental technicians want you to understand your new bridgework so that you can feel comfortable choosing the dental solution that fits your needs.

 

What is a Crown and Why Would I Need One?

 

A dental crown fits over your tooth just like a royal crown fits over a head. A crown is used to help strengthen a tooth that may be in danger or needs a change in color, shape, or appearance. Crowns are used in a variety of situations where the original tooth is damaged and needs support.

 

For example:

 

A traumatic injury (such as a sporting accident) damages the tooth
A tooth is worn down or decayed to the point it may snap or break
A tooth after root canal is root filled - a procedure which dries and weakens the tooth
A large filling in the tooth has weakened the tooth over time due to biting stress

 

If you are faced with any of these situations, a dentist may recommend a crown to strengthen your tooth and prevent further injury. In many cases, a crown can help to save your original tooth.

 

What is Bridgework and How Can it Help Me?

 

When dentists anchor an artificial tooth to other adjacent teeth using crowns, they call this structure a bridge. Bridges are usually used to replace missing or removed teeth. The gaps caused by missing teeth can cause remaining teeth to shift creating a poor bite. Missing teeth can also contribute to gum disease and/or TMJ disorder  (a condition causing jaw pain) which is why dentists often recommend a bridge to help fill the gaps. Your new crown or bridge will need to be kept healthy, just like your original teeth, so make sure to brush and floss regularly.

 

To discuss a dental solution that meets your needs, contact Morrin Dental.

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