Crown and Bridge are fixed prosthetics. A crown is a 360 full coverage on an implant or a tooth with extensive damage. A bridge is multiple units of crowns connected together to replace one or multiple missing teeth.
What can Crown do
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Replace a large filling when not enough tooth remaining
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a tooth after root canal treatment
- Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
What is Bridge
Whereas crowns can repair damaged teeth, a bridge’s sole function is to replace one or more missing teeth. For a bridge, your dental professional will place caps on filed-down teeth or dental implants at the outer edges of your area of loss. Replacement teeth (called pontics) span the space between the caps where the teeth are missing.
Just like with dental crowns, you have a choice of materials available to you for your bridge. Your dental professional is in the best position to advise you in your material choice base on your individual needs. However, you’ll both want to consider and discuss multiple factors like the visibility of the tooth, the cost, the strength, and how it looks.
Making of a Crown - Digital vs Traditional
If you’re getting a crown for a damaged or decayed tooth, your dental professional will make an impression of your bite. From that model, they will be able to determine the best shape for your new tooth. Often, the model for your bite needs to be sent to a lab where they will create your crown, which can take a few weeks. Some dental offices can make crowns in their offices depending on the material you choose and whether they have the required equipment. If your dental professional has CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Drafting/Computer-Aided Manufacturing) capabilities and you’re capping an existing, damaged tooth, you could get your crown in a single dental visit.