What are the differences between dental crowns and bridges?
A dental crown is a single tooth prosthesis placed over a tooth to restore and protect it in function. A dental bridge is a multiple-tooth prosthesis where fake teeth are attached to dental crowns placed over existing teeth.
How to choose between a denture, bridge, and implant?
An implant is generally considered to be the ideal for tooth replacement, assuming sufficient bone is present. It has excellent longevity and restores function effectively as a single fixed prosthesis replacing a single missing tooth. However, it entails minor surgery and immediate cost is higher. Bridges are also effective fixed prostheses, but will require trimming down of the adjacent teeth to place crowns to support the missing teeth. They are generally acknowledged to have good long term longevity, but may not be as long as implants. Dentures are removable, may be uncomfortable initially, and generally not the ideal option for single tooth replacements. They also need to be replaced approximately once every five years. However, they are the most economical option.
How do I care for my dental crown and bridge?
A dental crown should be cared for just like a natural tooth, by stringent brushing using a proper brushing technique, and regular flossing. For a dental bridge, special floss will need to be used to clean the gap between the false tooth and the gums. Your dentist can teach you how!