If you have damaged or missing teeth, you’ve probably been weighing your options to determine the best way to complete your smile and improve your dental health. With such a vast array of restorations available today, you might be unsure where to begin!
Fortunately, you have Dr. Burgdorf and his skilled team available to provide you with guidance and professional recommendations. If you aren’t sure about the difference between crowns and bridges, Maryland Heights dentist Dr. Kevin Burgdorf will be more than happy to sit down with you and discuss which type of restoration is right for your needs.
In the meantime, here’s a quick run-through of the differences between crowns and bridges.
A crown is a tooth-shaped shell that is designed to fit over the top of a prepared protect the tooth from further damage and restore function. While many different kinds of materials can be used to make crowns, most patients prefer a crown made of porcelain or ceramic because of its lifelike appearance.
Dr. Burgdorf will craft your crown to blend in beautifully with your existing dentistry. Our goal is for you to have a happy, healthy smile, not for everyone to notice your dental work!
Bridges replace missing teeth using a series of specially designed crowns. A bridge that is intended to replace a single missing tooth will usually consist of three connected crowns. The crown in the middle will fit into the space left by the missing tooth, and the two outer crowns will fit over the prepared adjacent teeth to hold the unit in place.
Like other types of crowns, bridges are designed to be a permanent restoration, and you won’t need to take it out or soak it like you would a partial denture. The crowns restore your chewing surface and prevent other teeth from drifting.
Are you in need of a crown or a bridge to restore your smile? Call the Bridgeton, MO dental office of Dr. Kevin Burgdorf today to schedule your consultation and evaluation!