Should I Use A Crown Or Bridge To Restore My Tooth?

As some point in your life, you may lose your tooth as a result of an injury or gum disease. If that day comes, your teeth’s alignment will be significantly altered. The chewing force in the back of your teeth may shift to the front, resulting in your teeth to flare out. You will experience unwanted spaces and change the overall structure of your smile.

The dentists at Manhattan Beach Dental Center can restore and improve your smile using either a crown or a bridge to replace your lost teeth.

A dental crown is used as a cover or cap on your tooth to protect it. It can also restore the normal shape and size of your tooth while it strengthens and improves your tooth appearance. A dental bridge, on the other hand, can replace one or several missing teeth. It resolves the gap left by the missing tooth. The bridge is anchored to the neighboring existing teeth.

In other words, both dental bridge and crown can be used to restore your missing tooth. But which one is the better option?

Dental Crown

Our dentists at Manhattan Beach Dental Center will recommend a dental crown if you have a large filling that needs replacement but not enough tooth remaining. A dental crown is also ideal to protect your weak tooth from getting injured or fractured. It can attach a dental bridge or cover a dental implant. If you have a poorly shaped tooth, a dental crown is ideal. If you had a root canal treatment, it is highly recommended that you cover that tooth with a dental crown to avoid the treated tooth from breaking.

When Will You Need A Dental Bridge?

Your dentist at Manhattan Beach Dental Center will recommend a dental bridge instead of a dental crown if you have gaps as a result of missing teeth. The gaps can cause your remaining teeth to shift or rotate to empty spaces, causing a bad bite. The imbalance will lead to a gum disease and temporomandibular joint disorders.

A dental bridge is a common option to replace one or more missing teeth. It can “bridge” space where your teeth are missing. A bridge is cemented to your natural teeth or implants. You can choose what material to use for your dental bridge. Your dentist will help you decide which one to use according to the location of the missing teeth, function, and cost, as well as aesthetic factors.

Dental crowns and dental bridges can last a lifetime if you practice excellent oral hygiene. Make sure to see your dentist for checkups and dental cleaning.

Manhattan Beach Dental Center is a team of highly experienced and skilled dentists and implant dentistry specialists who are dedicated to offering the community with the best dental quality care and treatment.

About James Kline DDS

My name is Dr. James Kline, and it has been my pleasure to serve the South Bay for 38 years in the same location at Manhattan Beach Dental Center. A California native, I received my pre-dental education at Pasadena Nazarene College. At the age of 21, I started Dental School at the University of Southern California where I was graduated in 1973. As a result of their excellent training, I am very comfortable performing more involved procedures like Root Canal Therapy and Oral Surgery such as Wisdom Tooth Extractions. Continuous training allows me to provide Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry. For your convenience, I have a Dental Laboratory on the premises. This allows me to work closely with the Dental Technician to fabricate the most functional and esthetic Partials and Dentures. I am also able to accommodate emergency Denture Repairs on the spot.As your General Dentist, I care about your dental conditions as it relates to your overall health and well being. Your comfort during dental procedures is my highest concern. I work at your pace and offer free Nitrous Oxide Gas. I remain committed to giving you a healthy and attractive smile with honest and conservative treatment while developing a long term relationship.My hobbies include traveling, fishing, Texas Hold’em, Swimming, and Singing. My passion is Barbershop Quartet Singing which I started at age twelve. It has allowed me to perform in concerts around the world for 40 years. Ultimately my Quartet won the coveted International Barbershop Quartet Championship in 2004. I have two children, both married, and a beautiful baby granddaughter. I have been blessed to serve this community and look forward to doing so for many years to come. I enjoy coming to the office everyday and I’m encouraged the company of my wonderful staff and patients. I look forward to meeting you. At our office, we have a relaxed atmosphere. There’s a open reception area that allows me meet, greet and answer any questions that our clients may have. We have a great play area for kids and many of our adult patients have a great time in our waiting room. On any given day, a spontaneous “party” can happen in the front area while serious dentistry is getting performed. We take pride in getting to know our patients and making them feel comfortable, like family, and not just an anonymous face off the street. This is what sets us apart from any other practice in the area.
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