You’ve probably heard about dental crowns, dental bridges and dental implants – but do you know the difference? These important dental tools can help you fill a gap in your teeth and maintain good oral hygiene. As your dentist in Woodbury MN, we can help you understand the difference between crowns, bridges and implants – and we can help you determine which type of dental appliance is right for you.
What’s a Crown?
A crown is like a thin cap that’s placed over the entire tooth to protect it. Crowns are used to reinforce a tooth that has been weakened or damaged, whether by a crack, chip or a root canal. Crowns are typically shaped just like the original tooth, and some crowns (non-metallic crowns) are even colored to match the other teeth in the mouth. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials including metal, ceramic or resin.
You should get a crown if your tooth is damaged but is not being extracted. Crowns are only used if the tooth is in place – they are not used to fill a gap where there is no more tooth.
What’s a Bridge?
A bridge is an artificial tooth that uses a crown fitted over the adjacent teeth to hold the bridge in place. Bridges are used to help you maintain a functional bite and to prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of place when one tooth is missing.
Your dentist may recommend a bridge in the event that you lose a permanent tooth.
What’s an Implant?
An implant is a prosthetic tooth that is inserted into (and fused to) the jaw, just like a real tooth. Implants look like real teeth, function like real teeth, and are virtually indistinguishable from real teeth in nearly every way. Implants are an excellent option for anyone who is missing a permanent tooth and who would like to restore their smile to its previous state.
Do you have a missing tooth or a tooth that’s been weakened by damage? If so, contact Woodlane Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for information about our cosmetic dentistry services in Woodbury MN. In your appointment, we can make a diagnosis and recommendation for treatment. Call today.