Dental Crowns vs. Dental Bridges

If you’re missing one or more of your permanent teeth, it can be hard to imagine ever having a normally functioning, complete smile again. With dental crowns and bridges, however, it’s completely possible! Here’s how to decide which option is the best for you.
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Dental Crowns

Dental crowns, which are also known as dental caps, are a great replacement option for a variety of reasons. They can be used to hide chips and cracks in a tooth, or even go over a dental implant as a natural tooth replacement option. They are also a great way to cover fillings and protect a tooth after a procedure. Crowns are also popular in root canals. Here at Overland Park Family Dental, we use porcelain crowns for a durable and comfortable result.

We will take impressions of your teeth in order to create the best and most realistic crown for you. If you are getting a crown placed over an existing tooth, we may have to shave down part of the existing tooth in order to fit the crown in. Bonding a permanent crown is a quick and easy process, so you’ll have your complete smile in no time!

Dental Bridges

If you’re missing one or more teeth, consider getting a fixed dental bridge. A bridge is made up of crowns on either side of the space in question (or the abutment) and a false tooth that bridges the two together. A fixed bridge allows you to talk, eat, and smile with confidence without having to worry about your bridge shifting around at any time. As you can imagine, it’s a little harder to floss around a bridge if you opt for one, but a bridge helps easily replace multiple missing teeth in a row compared to crowns.

How to Decide What’s Best for You

At Overland Park Family Dental, we want to work with you to choose the best tooth replacement option for your individual situation and budget. Please do not hesitate to contact us and schedule a consultation so we can carefully review your options and help you have the smile you deserve in a comfortable, professional environment. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!

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