How are dental crowns and bridges different? When might your dentist recommend them? What are their benefits? You’ll find answers to all these questions below.
How are dental crowns and bridges different?
A dental crown is shaped just like your tooth and is placed over it as a covering.
A dental bridge has two crowns on each end and one false tooth in the middle called a pontic.
When would Drs. Paul and Faith Tetting recommend each?
If your tooth was knocked out or has decayed to the point that it needs to be extracted, Drs. Paul and Faith Tetting will usually fit you with a dental bridge after the area has healed. If your tooth is too weak to support a veneer but strong enough that it doesn’t require extraction, Drs. Paul and Faith Tetting will likely place a dental crown over your tooth.
What are the benefits of each?
A crown restores the shape, size, strength and appearance of your original tooth, provides the best protection for a weak tooth of any restoration, and can last 15 years or longer if you take good care of your teeth. A bridge fills in the gaps in your smile and in your face, restores speech and chewing to full capacity, and distributes the force of your bite equally.
To get a free consultation about the best fit for you, call Tetting & Tetting, D.D.S. in Appleton, Wisconsin at 920.739.9612 to schedule an appointment.