What's the difference between "crown" and "bridge"?
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Difference between #crown and bridge #DrSoftTouch
Crown and bridge difference
Hello there, a crown is a tooth-shaped material that is cemented on an existing tooth, while a bridge is a tooth-shaped restoration used to restore several missing teeth.
Bridge can be viewed as multiple crowns connected together
You can consider a bridge as multiple crowns attached together. A bridge is used if you have missing tooth/teeth.
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Both are used for different situations
A crown restores a single tooth. You shave down the tooth to make it smaller and you put a "cap" on it that looks like the original tooth. A bridge is used when you have a gap between teeth and you want a permanent way to restore it. A bridge is when you prepare the teeth on both sides of the gap for crowns and the dental lab makes a single restoration that is basically two crowns with a fake tooth attached between them. And it cements down as one piece.
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