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Athens, GA dentist describes the difference between dental crowns and bridges

dentist describes the difference between dental crowns and bridges

Missing, cracked, or broken teeth detract from an otherwise beautiful smile. Dental problems lead to embarrassment and decreased confidence. Dr. Brent Nail of Athens Oconee Dentistry in Athens, GA offers dental crowns and bridges to restore teeth and repair smiles.

Uses as dental restorations

If you are like most people, you have probably heard of crowns or bridges but may not understand exactly what they are or what they do. Crowns and bridges are fixed dental devices that are cemented onto natural teeth or dental implants to provide a natural, complete smile. Unlike dentures, which may be removable, crowns and bridges are adhered into place.

Aside from aesthetically enhancing the smile, crowns and bridges strengthen the tooth so the patient can talk and chew naturally without the worry of the tooth breaking. They act as natural teeth so they look, feel, and perform as such. They also need to be cared for as natural teeth. Proper dental care ensures the longevity of crowns and bridges.

Key differences

Dental crowns and bridges are forms of dental restorations. Their uses differ.

  • Crowns cover, restore, or replace a single tooth. Bridges can be used to replace multiple teeth.
  • A crown is essentially a cap that restores a tooth and makes it appear natural again. It can be used to alter the appearance of a cracked, discolored, or misshapen tooth. It can also cover a dental implant.
  • A bridge uses crowns with an artificial tooth bonded between them to replace a missing tooth. It “bridges” a gap between teeth. A bridge can be adhered to natural teeth or dental implants for support.

If you need to repair a chipped tooth or replace missing teeth, contact Athens Oconee Dentistry. Call our office today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Brent Nail. (706) 549-2440.

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