At Ashley Dental Associates, honesty and transparency with our clients is incredibly important to us. From procedures to insurance, we want to make sure you know, and understand, all of your options. We wanted to take some time to help clear up the differences between three common procedures: Bridges, Crowns, and Veneers. The more you know, the better we can serve you.
A crown is a cap that helps to cover the surface of the tooth that is misshapen or damaged. This cap is tooth shaped for your comfort, and can help restore the shape of your tooth. A crown becomes necessary when a damaged tooth cannot be fixed with a regular filling. If the issues with the tooth are more severe, then it may be time for a dental implant. An implant is a full replacement for the tooth that is embedded into the jaw.
Another option for full tooth replacement is a dental bridge. A dental bridge is a replacement tooth that is placed in the gap of where your former tooth used to be. Crowns and bridges come hand-in-hand because either side of the gap requires crowns in order to put the bridge into place. Bridges can fill the space of one missing tooth, or up to three missing teeth in a row. Because the bridge is held in place with the help of crowns, it is not fixed directly to the jaw like an implant.
Veneers are a thin coating of porcelain that is applied to the teeth to achieve a sparkling white smile. This coating can also help smooth out any minor tooth shape issues. While crowns and bridges tend to be more restorative procedures, veneers are typically used for cosmetic purposes.
The first step in a dental procedure is knowing your options, and the second is choosing one that works best for you.