Replacing missing or damaged teeth is important, as filling oral gaps can help stabilise other teeth, maintain a good looking smile and prevent oral disease.
There are many restorative treatments to address missing teeth issues, including crowns and bridges, both of which are fixed prosthetic devices. So what’s the difference?
Dental bridges require a simple procedure which doesn’t involve surgery. It is a good option in the case of jaw bone loss or extensive damage. Bridges are a stable and comfortable option, which made chewing naturally easy once you get use to it.
A bridge is a good option if you have one or several missing teeth. In that sense, they help restore both appearance and function, by stopping other teeth moving around to fill the gaps and maintain a good bite as well. They can be made of porcelain and ceramic, which creates a natural look as it matches the natural colour of teeth.
A crown on the other hand is used to cover a damaged tooth. It strengthens it and improves its appearance and alignment. Like bridges, they are also available in porcelain or ceramic for a natural look.
Crowns can also be made of gold and metal alloys, which tend to be stronger and a good choice for back teeth. Whereas bridges are a better option to fill oral gaps, crowns are a good option to replace large fillings, protect a weak tooth or cover an implant.
Whether you go for a crown or a bridge, recovery and long term maintenance are equally important. In the early days, try and avoid chewing on hard or sticky food to let the prosthetic settle.
Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day and after meals, and use an electric toothbrush to remove plaque for better results. It’s also recommended to floss everyday to remove bacteria in places you can’t reach with a toothbrush.