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What is the difference between a crown and a bridge?

crowns and bridges Fort Worth

Has your dentist recommended crowns and bridges to protect damaged teeth or restore your smile after tooth loss? These restorations play an important role in improving a patient’s oral function and appearance after developing worn dentition or experiencing tooth loss. If you’re wondering what the differences between crowns and bridges are, read on for helpful information.

The Scoop on Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are restorations. They fit over a biological tooth like a cap. A dentist might recommend a dental crown for a number of reasons. Patients who have chipped or cracked teeth, along with those whose teeth have developed significant wear or decay, can benefit from dental crowns.


A crown looks like a tooth but features a hollowed interior. It is made to very exact specifications so that it can be bonded over a person’s damaged or diseased tooth. A crown can be fabricated from a number of materials, some more natural than others. For those desiring the most lifelike restoration, porcelain is an ideal material. Metals like gold or silver are beneficial to those seeking affordability and durability.


Beyond restorations, there are cosmetic reasons for recommending crowns. When porcelain crowns are bonded over teeth, they can conceal imperfections like stains and irregular surfaces.

Dental Bridges and How They Work

A dental bridge replaces the visible surfaces of missing teeth. Up to four consecutive teeth can be replaced with a bridge. Dental bridges consist of multiple crowns cemented together. Each end of the bridge is anchored to existing teeth to restore a smile. Like dental crowns, bridges can be constructed from a variety of materials including porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, and all metal.


Since a bridge is anchored to existing teeth, it can serve as a durable prosthetic that improves oral function after tooth loss. Bridges should not be confused with dentures, however, since they are not removed for cleaning and soaking. Instead, a person’s bridge remains in place at all times and is cleaned with normal brushing.


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