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By Office of David Cooley, DDS
July 08, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

Crowns, BridgesDo you have any teeth that are badly damaged or even missing altogether? If so, a crown or bridge from your trusted dentist, David Cooley, DDS in Kalamazoo, MI, may be just what you need to restore your smile and improve your dental health once again.

What is the Difference Between a Crown and a Bridge?

A dental crown is a porcelain cap that covers and protects your tooth. It typically covers the entire visible portion of the tooth. A dental crown can be connected by attaching to the remaining portion of the tooth or by screwing into the jaw with a dental implant, depending on how much of your tooth is left and what condition it is in.

A dental bridge, on the other hand, is made out of multiple dental crowns. The two crowns on the ends are firmly attached to the existing teeth on both sides, while the crown or crowns in the middle replace missing teeth. The replacement tooth or teeth are suspended, but the result looks completely natural.

Both dental crowns and bridges can be used to replace missing teeth; the main difference is simply in how they attach. Only dental crowns can be used to cover existing teeth that have been badly damaged.

When are Dental Crowns and Bridges Necessary?

People who visit their Kalamazoo, MI dentist for crowns and bridges typically have one or more teeth that are badly damaged or decayed or that are missing altogether. This commonly happens as the result of poor oral hygiene, infection or dental trauma.

Is a Crown or Bridge Right for Me?

Because every individual is different, only your trusted Kalamazoo, MI dentist can let you know for sure if a dental crown or bridge is right for you. If you have significant tooth damage or decay or if your teeth are missing, however, you are likely an excellent candidate.

If your smile is unhealthy, unsightly or simply not all that you'd like it to be, a quality dental crown or bridge from Dr. Cooley can change that. Call your favorite Kalamazoo, MI dentist to set up an appointment for a consultation today.