Dental Bridges and Crowns

Dental bridges and crowns are common dental prosthetic devices used to restore or replace missing or damaged teeth. Both procedures aim to improve oral health, function, and aesthetics. Let’s explore each of them:

Dental Crowns:

1. Purpose:

  • Dental crowns, also known as caps, are used to cover and protect a damaged or weakened tooth.
  • They restore the tooth’s shape, size, strength, and appearance.

2. Materials:

  • Crowns can be made from various materials, including metal alloys, porcelain, ceramic, or a combination of these materials.

3. Procedure:

  • The dentist prepares the tooth by removing decay or damaged portions.
  • The tooth is then shaped to accommodate the crown.
  • Impressions are taken to create a custom-fitted crown.
  • A temporary crown may be placed while the permanent crown is being fabricated.
  • The permanent crown is cemented onto the prepared tooth during a subsequent appointment.

4. Uses:

  • Dental crowns are recommended for teeth with extensive decay, fractures, or those that have undergone root canal treatment.
  • They can also be used for cosmetic reasons to improve the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth.

Dental Bridges:

1. Purpose:

  • Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth by bridging the gap between adjacent natural teeth.
  • They consist of artificial teeth (pontics) that are supported by adjacent natural teeth or dental implants.

2. Types:

  • Traditional bridges: Supported by adjacent natural teeth.
  • Implant-supported bridges: Supported by dental implants surgically placed in the jawbone.

3. Procedure:

  • For a traditional bridge, the adjacent teeth are prepared similarly to crowns.
  • Impressions are taken to create a custom bridge.
  • A temporary bridge may be used until the permanent bridge is ready.
  • The permanent bridge is then fixed in place, restoring the missing teeth.

4. Uses:

  • Dental bridges are suitable for replacing one or more adjacent missing teeth.
  • They help maintain proper bite and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting.


  • Durability: Both crowns and bridges are durable, but the lifespan may vary depending on materials used and oral hygiene practices.
  • Care: Good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, are crucial for the longevity of crowns and bridges.
  • Material Selection: The choice of materials for crowns and bridges depends on factors such as the location of the tooth, aesthetic preferences, and budget.

Both crowns and bridges are customized to match the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth, providing a natural and functional result. It’s important to consult with your dentist to determine the most suitable option based on your specific dental needs.

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