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Everything You Need to Know About Crowns and Bridges

Everything You Need to Know About Crowns and Bridges

Missing teeth can take a toll on your oral and mental health. Because you are so self-aware of your toothless grin, you may begin to hide your smile or try to avoid social interactions altogether. Your oral health can take a hit too, as your other teeth will start shifting, leading to alignment and bite problems. 

Modern dentistry provides various options for treating missing teeth with crowns and bridges being two popular solutions.

Here's everything you need to know about these two treatments and how to choose the best one for you.

Dental Crowns and Bridges at Driftwood Dental Studio

What Are Dental Crowns and Bridges? 

Both dental crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetics that are used for restorative treatments. If you have one or more missing teeth, these options can help restore both the appearance and functionality of your oral health. 

What Is a Crown?

A dental crown is a cap that covers an entire tooth that has been severely damaged by decay. It can also be used to complete a dental implant. 

They have the same shape and color as your natural teeth and are usually made out of porcelain or ceramics. 

What Is a Bridge?

Bridges are used to replace one or several missing teeth. This prosthetic is attached to functioning teeth on each side, creating a bridge that covers the gap.  

Why Do I Need to Get a Dental Crown or Bridge? 

Dental crowns and bridges are recommended to:

  • Protect a tooth that has a large filling
  • Protect a tooth that is weak or fractured
  • Cover a dental implant 
  • Attached a bridge 
  • Cover a tooth after a root canal 
  • Restore one or several missing teeth

How to Prepare for the Procedure

It's important to know that you won't feel any pain during any of the procedures. You will be given an anesthetic and aside from some pressure, you won't feel a thing. 

However, it's normal to experience some discomfort, sensitivity, or swelling after the procedure. These symptoms are only temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

Which Treatment Is Right for Me? 

It all depends on what you need. 

If you have a severely decayed tooth, then you can restore it with a dental crown. But, if you have several missing teeth, then the best option for you may be a dental bridge. 

If you're not sure which option suits you best, we recommend that you get in touch with the team at Driftwood Dental Studio

Our dentists will evaluate your oral health and make the best recommendations based on your specific needs. 

Dr. Butler has a background in psychology and knows how to help patients feel safe and calm during dental procedures. That combined with our team's extensive experience can guarantee amazing results. 

If you would like to meet with Dr. Butler, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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