What is a dental crown?
A crown is a "cap" that is placed over a tooth that needs repair. A crown can be used to restore a severely broken or decayed tooth, protect a weak tooth from fracturing, or cover a dental implant. Crowns are custom-made "one-of-a-kind" for each patient.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge is held in place by two dental crowns on either side. The crowns fit over the teeth adjacent to the gap. The false teeth that fill in the gap are held in place by the bridge. A dental bridge is permanent and cannot be removed.
Dental bridges are custom-made for every patient. The false teeth are shaped to fit your bite and will look like your natural teeth. Dental bridges are durable and can last a lifetime with proper care.
Advantages of dental crowns vs. dental bridges
Dental crowns and bridges are both used to restore a tooth's appearance and function. However, they are used in different ways. If you're considering a crown or bridge, it's important to understand which treatment is better for your needs.
- Restore the tooth's shape, size, or appearance
- Support a tooth with a large filling
- Help hold a bridge in place
- Fill a gap in your smile
- Restore function and appearance
- Restore a tooth that can't be restored with a dental implant
When is a bridge preferable to a crown?
A dental bridge is a restoration that fills in a gapped smile. It is anchored in place with crowns on adjacent teeth. A bridge can also be supported by dental implants, which are surgically inserted into the jawbone for maximum stability.
A bridge is typically recommended when a patient is missing multiple teeth in a row. A crown may be recommended when a patient is missing just a single tooth.
Does insurance cover crowns or bridges?
Yes. Most dental insurance plans cover crowns and bridges. Our office will file your insurance claim for you and will work with you to maximize your insurance reimbursement for covered procedures.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Kansas City, KS, to have a consultation with our Dentist Kansas City, KS, Dr. Moreno and Dr. Tejada. Please call us at (913) 647-1900 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.