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Wondering About the Difference between a Crown and a Bridge? Here's What You Need to Know

Woman Smiling on Couch | Crowns and Bridges in Charlotte

Dental crowns and bridges are both fairly common restorations performed by most dentists. Both crowns and bridges are fixed dental prosthetics, meaning they are permanently placed in the mouth and can only be removed by your dentist.

Both serve an important but different purpose in restoring your teeth. If you have questions about dental crowns or dental bridges, you can ask your Charlotte, NC dentist, Dr. Justin Harlow.

Read on for more information.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are also referred to as tooth “caps” because they literally act as a cover for a damaged tooth. One of the most common uses for dental crowns is to restore a molar that has a very large filling. Over time, fillings can eventually wear down and even cause small fractures in the tooth. Because so much of the tooth structure has already been drilled away, there isn’t enough left to replace the filling. Putting a dental crown on the remaining tooth will strengthen it and return your tooth to its normal function.

Dental crowns are also used to secure a dental bridge into place.

Dental Bridges

If you are missing one or more teeth, it’s important to fill in that space. If you leave the gap there, your remaining teeth will start to shift into the empty space. This can cause all sorts of other problems in your mouth, including an imbalance with your bite that can lead to worn teeth, gum disease, and even temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

A bridge is a common restoration used to fill in the space left by missing teeth. Bridges are often cemented to dental crowns on either side of the gap, securing it into place permanently. The replacement teeth on the bridge will be made to match your existing teeth so that it will look—and function—very similarly to your natural teeth. In addition, you will prevent the rest of the teeth in your mouth from sliding into an undesirable position.

Crowns & Bridges in Charlotte

Talk to Dr. Justin Harlow about dental crowns or dental bridges, permanent restorations in Charlotte, NC that can give you back your smile.