What is a dental crown and dental bridge?

A dental crown essentially covers a damaged or exposed tooth, while a dental bridge replaces your missing teeth. A bridge aims to fill the gaps in your smile with the support of crowns, while a crown restores a natural tooth by itself.

In dental care, some patients may get confused in which treatment they may need and what is involved.

For this reason, our team has outlined what a dental crown is and how it helps to form a dental bridge. Furthermore, we discuss the difference between crown and bridge procedures including the costs and how long they last.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a commonly used dental restoration which is used to repair your tooth structure if it is:

  • Damaged
  • Chipped or cracked
  • Discoloured
  • Exposed to excessive teeth grinding

Furthermore, you may have a crown placed to protect a tooth that has recently undergone root canal therapy.

A crown is often referred to as a cap as it is placed over the surface of your affected tooth to protect and strengthen it.

Dental crown placed over a damaged tooth


In addition, it aims to match the colour of your surrounding teeth as well its natural size and shape.

There are several types of crowns in which different materials may be used. Depending on your case, your dentist may provide you with a:

  • Ceramic (porcelain) crown
  • Metal crown
  • Crown made from a combination of porcelain fused with metal

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a treatment used to replace a missing tooth. A bridge utilises your natural teeth either side of the gap left by your missing tooth. These teeth act as pillars to hold in place a false tooth. As a result, the bridge fills the gap and restores your smile.

There are 3 different types of bridges which your dentist may recommend to you. These include:

Traditional Bridge

A traditional bridge involves the use of dental crowns and a false tooth. The false tooth is used to fill the gap where your missing tooth is. Essentially, your dentist will place a dental crown on your natural teeth either side of the gap in your smile. These crowns will be attached to a false tooth or teeth in between them. Therefore, creating a bridge which will fill the gap of your missing tooth.

Traditional dental bridge placed on teeth


Cantilever Bridge

A cantilever bridge is like a traditional bridge which involves the use of a crown and a false tooth. However, the false tooth only needs to be held in place by one crown attached to your natural tooth instead of two.

Cantilever bridge placed into the gap of a missing tooth


Maryland Bridge

A maryland bridge has a similar purpose of a traditional bridge. However, it may not involve the use of a dental crown. For this treatment, your false tooth will be fitted into the gap of your missing tooth with either porcelain or metal. The porcelain or metal will be bonded to the back of your false tooth and the natural teeth either side of the gap.

Maryland bridge bonded to the surrounding teeth with porcelain or metal


What is the difference between a crown and a bridge?

The difference between crowns and bridges is that a crown is placed over a damaged tooth, while a bridge is placed to fill the gap left by a missing tooth.

A bridge restores your smile by bridging the gap between two natural teeth, while a crown is a single treatment which helps form a dental bridge structure.

Furthermore, you may be required to attend two visits for your dental bridge to be completed and you may need a temporary bridge during this time. Moreover, a dental crown can be made on the same day using our CEREC Technology.

Are dental crowns and bridges long-lasting?

Depending on the material you use, your dental crown or bridge may last you a long time if you maintain regular oral health.

A traditional or cantilever bridge made from porcelain may last you around 10-15 years, while one made from a composite resin may last around 5-10 years.

Moreover, a crown may last you around 10 years, however it may be longer if you maintain a high level of oral hygiene.

You may enhance the longevity of your crown or bridge treatment by:

Dental crowns and bridges costs

Depending on the material you use, a crown treatment in Australia may cost around $1,250 to $2,000. The cost of a dental crown may vary whether you choose a porcelain crown, and if you need any other treatment to enable your crown to be successful.

At Coastal Dental Care, we can create your crown on the same day using CEREC Technology. Unlike traditional crowns, you do not need a second appointment 1 to 2 weeks later, which may save you time and money. In addition, this eliminates the use of a temporary crown and using a dental laboratory to manufacture your crown.

The cost of a dental bridge also varies from patient to patient and may depend on factors such as the:

  • Material used
  • Number of teeth that are needed to complete the treatment
  • Complexity of the placement

Furthermore, your health insurance provider may be able to cover some of the costs of your crown or bridge treatment.

If you would like to know about how much a dental crown or bridge costs in Australia, contact one of our friendly practices today. Moreover, you should get in touch with your health insurance company to see if you are covered for some of the treatment costs.

Dental crowns and bridges on the Gold Coast

If you are looking to undergo a dental crown or bridge treatment to restore your smile, contact one of our friendly practices today on the Gold Coast, Northern Rivers or in Redland Bay.

Our team of experienced dentists will help provide you with a clear understanding on what treatment may best suit you.

Alternatively, you can book an appointment online 24/7.