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Here are some common questions and answers about crowns and bridges and a comparison between them.

How are dental crowns and bridges different?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap for a weak tooth.
A dental bridge is composed of three teeth, two crowns and one fake tooth to replace a tooth that is missing.

When would Dr. Philip Tetz recommend each?

If your tooth is too weak to support a veneer but strong enough not to need extraction, Dr. Philip Tetz will likely place a dental crown over your tooth. If your tooth is missing or has decayed to the point that it needs to be extracted, Dr. Philip Tetz will probably fit you with a dental bridge after the area has healed.

What are the benefits of each?

A crown restores the shape, size, strength and appearance of your original tooth. It also offers the best protection and greatest durability for a weak tooth of any restoration. A bridge literally bridges the gap in your smile and your face, restores your speaking and chewing abilities to full capacity, and distributes the force of your bite equally so your other teeth are healthier.

To get a free consultation about the best fit for you, call Dr. Phil's Family Dental Care PLLC in San Antonio, Texas at 210-231-0430 .