Crowns vs. Bridges: What's the Difference?

Most people don’t have perfect teeth, and over time, teeth can become chipped, discolored, or even need to be removed. Having a great smile is essential for feeling attractive and confident. Cosmetic dentistry helps you by restoring your smile by replacing missing teeth, covering discolored teeth, and making you feel good again.

Many services can help, and here at Berger Family Dental, you’re in good hands. Highly respected dentist Dr. Robert Berger provides quality, compassionate dental services to patients in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, as he has for over four decades. Dr. Berger and his friendly, caring staff work with you to determine your dental goals, and he develops a treatment plan that allows you to achieve them. 

What is a crown?

A crown is a dental treatment in which a cap is placed over your existing tooth. The cap is either made of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. Each crown is custom made to fit your tooth, and it is tinted to match your other teeth.

Crowns can be used as a dental treatment to:

The process of getting a crown takes two appointments. During the first appointment, you get impressions made of your teeth, which allow the crowns to fit perfectly. These impressions are then sent to a dental lab to make the crown. You return for a second appointment when Dr. Berger fits your tooth’s crown and uses a strong adhesive to permanently bond it to your tooth.

What is a bridge?

When you have lost one or more teeth, it is crucial to replace them for the health of your other teeth and your jaw. A bridge is a dental treatment that is used to replace missing teeth. They are called bridges because they form a bridge over the space created by the missing tooth or teeth. 

Dental bridges have the following benefits:

The bridge process consists of making impressions of your teeth to create the crowns needed for the neighboring teeth and the artificial tooth, known as a pontic, fills in the gap. The impressions are used by a dental laboratory to create the crowns and pontic. Then, you return for an appointment during which Dr. Berger fits the crowns and the pontic to your teeth, affixing them with a special adhesive.

Crowns and bridges are related dental procedures. A crown is a cap that fits over your tooth to protect and restore its appearance. A bridge replaces a missing tooth, and a crown is fitted to each neighboring tooth, which supports the replacement tooth.

To learn more about how dental treatments can restore and protect your smile, call our office to set up an appointment, or use our handy online booking system.

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