Dr. Jen Kim, DDS
Kirkland, WA Family and Cosmetic Dentist

What is the difference between a dental crown and a bridge?

Dental Crown vs. Dental Bridge | Kirkland, WA | Jen Kim: Family and Cosmetic DentistryThe more involved we become with our ongoing oral health, the more familiar we become with specific dental terms. Most people have probably heard of crowns and bridges but may still have some confusion about what they are. 

Dental crowns and bridges are modern dental restorations that revive your smile. If you are a patient in Kirkland, WA with damaged or missing teeth, contact Jen Kim Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to find out more about your smile restoration options. 

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped porcelain jacket that covers your entire tooth. Your Kirkland, WA dentist would recommend a dental crown if there is a cavity that's too big for a filling, or if your tooth is cracked or chipped. Broken teeth or decaying teeth usually require a dental crown to help support and protect them from further damage. 

What is a dental bridge?

A bridge is recommended if one or more teeth are missing. Your dentist can “bridge” the gap in your smile by joining an artificial tooth, or a crown, to the nearby existing teeth. The bridge is held together by adjoining teeth. 

Do you have a tooth that needs improvement?

People can get dental crowns to help stabilize a weakened tooth, or to be a part of a dental bridge that fills in the gap of a missing tooth. Contact our Kirkland, WA dental staff today to schedule a dental evaluation today to see what your tooth restoration options are!

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