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.
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.
|Purpose||Replace missing teeth|
|Amount of trimming needed||Significant amount – only on the tooth that needs to be crowned||Significant amount – on two teeth at either side of the gap||Small amount – only on the front side of the tooth|
|Strength||Strong and durable||Strong and durable||Strong but brittle|
|Coverage||Covers the entire trimmed tooth||Covers entire teeth that were trimmed, including gap||Covers the front of the tooth|
|Material||Porcelain 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
3 Mount Elizabeth
Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
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