Crowns vs. Bridges: What’s the Best Restorative Option for You?

Losing a tooth or multiple teeth can negatively impact your oral health, smile, and confidence. However, advances in prosthetic dentistry have provided solutions for restoring the function and attractiveness of your teeth. Two common restorative options are crowns and bridges. But which one is best for you? In this article, we'll take a closer look at crowns and bridges and compare them to help you make an informed decision.

A Closer Look at Crowns

Crowns are designed to cover a damaged or decayed tooth to restore its function and appearance. They are made from different materials, such as porcelain, metal, or a combination of both, and are custom-made to fit the specific tooth. Crowns can also be used to protect a weak tooth from fracturing, cover a dental implant, or anchor a bridge.

A Closer Look at Bridges

A dental bridge, on the other hand, is an artificial device that fills the gap created by missing teeth. Bridges consist of two or more dental crowns that are attached to the neighboring teeth, called abutment teeth, and a false tooth, called a pontic, in between them.

Bridges can be made of the same materials as crowns and are also custom-made to fit the patient's mouth. Bridges can also prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of place and restore the ability to chew and speak properly.

Crowns vs. Bridges: What’s Best for You?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question as each patient's needs and circumstances are unique. However, there are some general factors to consider, namely; the location and extent of the damage or missing teeth, the health of the remaining teeth and gums, the patient's preference, and the cost and time of the procedure. That being said, here are some considerations for each option: 


  • Best for restoring a damaged or decayed tooth that still has a healthy root.
  • Can improve the appearance and function of the tooth while preserving its natural structure.
  • Can last for many years with proper care and maintenance.
  • May require more tooth preparation than bridges and may not be suitable for weaker teeth or smaller cavities.
  • Can be more expensive than bridges, especially if multiple teeth need crowns.


  • Best for replacing one or more missing teeth that have healthy neighboring teeth.
  • Can restore the appearance and function of the missing teeth and prevent further oral problems.
  • Can be less invasive than crowns and require less tooth structure removal.
  • Can be more cost-effective than implants or multiple crowns.
  • May need to be replaced or repaired after several years and may require more maintenance than crowns.

Ultimately, the best way to determine which option is right for you is to consult with a dental professional.   

Schedule Your Restoration Consultation Today!

At Clermont Family Dentistry, we offer personalized restoration consultations to help our patients choose the best option for their specific needs. When you come to us, our team of experienced Clermont dentists will assess your situation and provide personalized recommendations for the best restorative option for you.

And whether you settle on crowns or bridges, we’ll use advanced technology and high-quality materials to ensure the best results for your smile and health. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!

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