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What is the difference between crowns, bridges, and veneers?

Cosmetic Dentistry Dental

I am often confused by these three terms. I’d like to find out what’s the difference between them. Thank you.

DOCTOR’S ANSWER (1)

Crowns, bridges, and veneers are different types of prosthetic solutions.

Crowns cover the whole tooth to strengthen and improve the appearance (colour and shape), bridges replace missing teeth and often consist of several crowns linked together attached to the teeth either side of the gap.

Veneers cover only the front of the tooth to improve the appearance and occasionally strength. All of them are made of porcelain and are provided for different reasons. 

 CrownsBridgesVeneers
Purpose
  • Strengthen tooth
  • Allows significant improvement in color or shape
Replace missing teeth 
  • Allows improvement in colour
  • Allows minor changes in shape
Amount of trimming neededSignificant amount – only on the tooth that needs to be crownedSignificant amount – on two teeth at either side of the gapSmall amount – only on the front side of the tooth
StrengthStrong and durableStrong and durableStrong but brittle
CoverageCovers the entire trimmed tooth Covers entire teeth that were trimmed, including gapCovers the front of the tooth
MaterialPorcelain or metal (gold/silver)Porcelain Porcelain 
Cost$700 to $3,000$700 to $3,000 $700 to $3,000

 


Dr Steven Soo
BDS , MSc, PhD, FAM

Specialist Dental Group, 3, MOUNT ELIZABETH, #08-08

3 Mount Elizabeth
Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
#08-03/04/10
Singapore 228510


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