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What is the difference between a crown and a bridge? Why would your dentist recommend a dental crown instead of a dental bridge? What are the benefits of each? Read on.

A dental crown is shaped just like your tooth and is placed over it in order to restore its shape, size, strength and appearance. Is your tooth too weak to restore with a veneer but strong enough that it doesn’t need to be extracted? Your dentist, Dr. Joseph Tagliarini can help to determine whether this is the case. If it is, he will probably advise you to receive a dental crown.

A dental bridge, sometimes called a fixed partial denture, consists of two crowns on each end and one or more false teeth in the middle called pontics. Was your tooth was knocked out or has it decayed to the point that a tooth extraction is required? When it has healed, Dr. Joseph Tagliarini will likely recommend a dental bridge.

Here are some benefits of a crown:
• Aesthetics: A crown restores the full shape and color of the tooth, making your smile impeccable
• Protection: A crown offers the best possible protection for a weak tooth
• Durability: Crowns have the longest life of dental restorations, lasting as long as 15 years or even more

Here are the benefits of a dental bridge:
• Aesthetics: It restores the appearance of a healthy smile and can also fill out the shape of the bottom part of your face
• Restoration: You’ll restore your clarity of speech and increase your ability to chew your food
• Distribution: A bridge distributes the force of your bite equally to alleviate stress on other teeth

Want to learn more about the right choice for you? Call Comprehensive Dental Health, LLC in New Haven, Connecticut at 203-624-5515. Our expert team is here to bring back your smile.