At Bo Macdonald DDS Dentistry, we use crowns and bridges to restore the appearance and function of teeth that have been damaged, lost, or significantly weakened. The primary difference between bridges and crowns is that crowns are placed over damaged teeth, while bridges replace missing teeth.
Bridges are anchored in place by crowns placed on healthy adjacent teeth. This means a bridge relies on the strength of other teeth and is not as strong as a crown placed on its own. While both restoration options can last a long time when properly cared for, the lifespan of a bridge may be shorter because the adjacent teeth are susceptible to wear from the force of chewing.
Once a tooth has sustained damage that can’t be corrected with fillings or other restorations, a dental crown is often the next step in a patient’s restorative treatment plan. Crowns can restore the tooth’s natural shape and improve its appearance while providing strength and stability.
During the first appointment, we’ll prepare your tooth for the crown and take impressions that will be used to create the finished restoration. We’ll also place a temporary restoration to protect your tooth until the permanent one is ready. During the second visit, our dentist will remove the temporary crown and place the permanent one carefully to ensure a comfortable fit and a natural look.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns
A crown restores a tooth to its standard shape and size, strengthening it and improving its appearance. It can protect and strengthen teeth weakened by decay or injury. Several types of crowns are available, including gold alloy, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and ceramic-on-metal crowns.
No matter what type of crown you choose, your restoration will be custom-made to fit your smile comfortably and aesthetically, allowing you to eat and speak normally again.
A dental bridge is a dental restoration designed to close the gap left behind when one or more teeth are missing. The bridge comprises one or more artificial teeth that “bridge” the space between existing teeth.
To place a bridge, the patient’s existing teeth will have to be prepared so crowns can be placed over them. Once the tooth or teeth are prepped, impressions of the teeth will be taken and sent off to a dental lab where the bridge will be made. A few weeks later, the patient will return to have their permanent bridge placed.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges
If you have lost a tooth, it is essential to consider replacing it with a bridge as soon as possible to prevent further tooth loss and restore your smile’s function and beauty. Our dentist may recommend a dental bridge if you are missing several teeth and are looking for a more permanent form of restoration than a partial denture.
Crowns and bridges are durable restorations that can last for many years with proper care. For the best dental care, visit Bo Macdonald DDS Dentistry at 11340 W Olympic Blvd #148, Los Angeles, CA 90064, or call (310) 479-4459.