Your smile is an important part of who you are, and there’s nothing wrong with wanting to look your best. That’s why when it comes time for any dental procedure meant to improve your smile, it can be hard to choose the right one for you. What’s the difference between crowns, bridges, and implants? Let’s take a closer look.

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped coverings over a natural tooth. Dentists use different materials for crowns depending on the patient’s specific needs. However, crowns made of zirconia or Emax are usually used. Crowns are designed to be strong, restorative, and match the density of natural teeth. Patients with damaged teeth that can’t be filled or fixed in other ways can benefit from dental crowns.

What’s a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a permanent or removable option to replace missing teeth or teeth that need to be removed. It is made with artificial teeth that “bridges” the gap where teeth used to be. Bridges can be made from a wide range of materials that include gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a permanent way to replace missing teeth. These implants are placed directly into your jaw bone to ensure a strong, long-lasting tooth replacement that looks and feels great. In fact, dental implants are more robust and durable than natural teeth. They are an excellent option if you’re missing one or even several teeth.

The best way to choose between crowns, bridges, or implants is to discuss it with your dentist. See Dr. Zola Makrauer or Dr. Julie Miller at Huntingdon Valley Dental Arts to go over all your options. Make an appointment today.