Crowns and Bridges: Questions and Answers

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Here you’ll find a description of what dental crowns and bridges are, a description of when your dentist might recommend them, and a comparison of benefits.

What is a dental crown?

It’s shaped just like your tooth and is placed over it as a covering.

What is a dental bridge?

It has two crowns on each end and one false tooth in the middle called a pontic.

When would Dr. Kerry Taylor recommend a crown vs. a bridge?

If your tooth too weak to support a veneer but strong enough that it doesn’t require extraction, Dr. Kerry Taylor will likely fit you with a dental crown. If your tooth was knocked out or has decayed to the point that it needs to be taken out, Dr. Kerry Taylor will likely place a dental bridge there after the area has healed.

What are the benefits of a crown?

-Aesthetics: It restores the shape, size, strength and appearance of your original tooth.
-Protection: It provides the best protection for a weak tooth of any restoration.
-Durability: It can last 15 years or longer if you care well for it.

What are the benefits of bridge?

-Aesthetics: It fills in the gaps in your smile and in your face.
-Restoration: It restores speech and chewing to full capacity.
-Distribution: It distributes the force of your bite equally, taking the stress off of other teeth.

To get a free consultation about the best fit for your needs, call Chandler Dental Excellence in Chandler, Arizona at 480.786.1734 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Kerry Taylor.