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Have you ever wondered about the difference between crowns and bridges? Do you know why your dentist might recommend a dental crown instead of a dental bridge, or vice versa? This is the blog for you.

A dental crown is a tooth shaped “cap” placed over a tooth devised to restore its shape, size, strength and appearance. Maybe your tooth is too weak to restore with a veneer but strong enough that it can still support your mouth. In this scenario, a dental crown is probably your best bet.

A dental bridge is sometimes also called a fixed partial denture. It’s composed of two crowns, one on each side, and a false tooth in the middle called a pontic. If your tooth was knocked out or has decayed to the point that a tooth extraction is required, Dr. Andrew Atwood will probably recommend a dental bridge.

Here are some benefits to consider in getting a dental crown:
• Aesthetics: A crown restores the full shape and color of the tooth.
• Protection: A crown offers the best possible protection for your teeth
• Durability: Crowns have the longest life of all forms of dental restorations. They can last as long as 15 years.

Here are some benefits of a dental bridge:
• Aesthetics: It not only restores the appearance of a healthy smile, but can also fill out the shape of your face.
• Restoration: You’ll recover your ability to chew or speak properly.
• Distribution: A bridge distributes the force of your bite to alleviate stress on other teeth.

If you believe that a dental crown or bridge is the right choice for you, please call Double Take Dental in Orem, Utah at 801-225-1002. Our expert team is here to bring back your full smile.