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Bridges vs Crowns: What is the Difference?

Getting to know the differences between dental bridges and crowns can help you make an informed decision about which option will work best for your specific needs. At Dentist at False Creek, we offer a wide range of dental services that are specifically designed to provide our patients with happy and healthy smiles.

What are Crowns?

Crowns are designed to entirely cover or cap a damaged tooth in order to provide it with more strength, while also improving its overall appearance, shape, or alignment. Crowns can also be used to provide implants with a more tooth-like shape and structure. While most crowns are made from porcelain or ceramic in order to match the colour to your teeth, they can also be made from gold and metal alloys. Some of the reasons your dentist might recommend a crown include:

  • Attaching a bridge
  • Covering a dental implant
  • Covering a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that had a root canal
  • Protect a weak tooth from breaking
  • Replace a large filling
  • Restore a fractured tooth

What are Bridges?

Bridges are designed to fill in gaps left by missing teeth in order to help regain function, as well as to prevent the remaining teeth from shifting or rotating into the empty spaces. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. As with crowns, bridges can be made from a choice of different materials, including porcelain and ceramic. Your dentist can help you determine which material should be used for your bridge based on the location of the missing teeth, their function, aesthetic considerations, and cost.

The Benefits of Dental Crowns and Bridges

Both bridges and crowns offer a wide range of benefits for a happy and healthy smile. Some of the benefits include:

  • Aesthetics – bridges and crowns both work to help revive confidence in your smile by providing you with a natural look you can be proud of.
  • Hassle free – bridges and crowns are permanent features that are as easy to take care of as your natural teeth.
  • Long lasting – with the help of proper oral hygiene and regular checkups, crowns and bridges can last for 15 or more years.

If you would like to learn more about the differences between bridges and crowns, or if you are interested in one of our dental services (bonding, Botox, bridges, and ceramic onlays), please contact Dentist at False Creek at 604-559-7270. We are proud to provide high-quality dental services to patients throughout Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.