What is the difference between a bridge and a partial crown?
Bridges and partial crowns are both restorations, but they perform very different functions.
A bridge is used to fill the space left by a missing tooth. It is typically a three-piece unit that includes a crown on either side of a pontic (artificial tooth). The crown attaches to adjacent teeth, and the pontic sits in the empty space.
Partial crowns, also called inlays and onlays, are porcelain restorations that we use when a tooth is damaged but not so damaged that it requires a full crown.
The process for making an onlay or inlay is the same as that used for a crown. Dr. Bulleigh starts by preparing the tooth to receive the restoration, taking impressions of the tooth to create a model, and sending the information to a dental lab where a ceramic inlay or onlay is customized for you.
The difference between inlays and onlays is that an inlay is made to fill the space at the center of a tooth, and the onlay sits over the biting surface.
If you still have questions about the difference between a bridge and partial crown, please call Dewey Dental to arrange an appointment. Dr. Bulleigh will be happy to meet with you to evaluate your needs and explain which type of restoration is appropriate for you.