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You probably know that when you have a fractured, chipped, or missing teeth, you should have the problem addressed—especially if you’re interested in protecting your oral health. Fortunately, there are a number of options you should consider, including a dental bridge or a crown. Still, do you know the difference between the two?

You see, a crown is used to cover a damaged tooth while. This restoration option is extremely useful for protecting a weak tooth from fracturing, for replacing a large filling, or for restoring a fractured tooth. Similarly, a dental crown can be used to cover a tooth after it’s had root canal therapy, or even to alter the appearance of your smile.

Conversely, if you’re missing a single tooth—or several consecutive teeth—a bridge may be the option you need. You see, a bridge is a restoration made of artificial teeth that is cemented to healthy teeth on both sides. Please remember that if you have a gap in your smile, your other teeth could shift, and lead to a number of issues.

Of course, like most restorations, our team can provide you with a number of important benefits. For instance, if you have a missing or cracked tooth, you may find it difficult to speak and eat properly. Luckily, having either a crown or a bridge placed will resolve this problem. Furthermore, please know that these restorations can also be made to look like the other teeth in your smile.

If you’re interested in learning more about a crown or a bridge—or your other restoration options—please don’t hesitate to contact North Fork Dental Care at 208-356-3012. Our dentist, Dr. James Thomason will be happy to assess the state of your smile and recommend the restoration that best fits your needs. We’re excited to hear from you soon.