Dental crowns and bridges help to fix a wide range of issues that our Bayside Dental patients often experience. They can be a great confidence-booster because they are strong, functional, and beautiful. Crowns are for individual teeth, and bridges are used when a missing tooth needs to be replaced but an implant is not possible. Continue reading on to learn more about these restorations from our dentists.
Dental crowns (sometimes called “caps”) protect and cover the entirety of the visible part of your tooth. A crown is needed when a tooth needs to be strengthened, built up, and/or protected due to breakage, decay, or other damage. Crowns are also required after a molar has had a root canal. They can be made from a wide range of materials that have different benefits. The dentist will choose the best option for your teeth using the best materials for strength, appearance, and durability.
After giving you local anesthetic to numb the area, the dentist will prepare your tooth by removing the damage and decay (Step 1 in the picture). We will scan or take an impression of your teeth so that the crown can be made at the lab. You will leave our office with a temporary crown that looks similar to what your final crown will look like. You will wear the temporary for a few weeks, and then return to the office to have your temporary removed and your permanent crown seated (Step 2).
Could you benefit from a dental bridge? Our dentists also provide dental bridges, which are similar to dental crowns. They can be used as a replacement for dentures and improve chewing and restore missing teeth. Dental bridges also can improve issues individuals have with their bite and jaw joint caused by shifting teeth. A bridge can be attached to the surrounding teeth with an artificial tooth. They are a good solution to your missing teeth and provide a solid foundation to eliminate problems that can occur in the future. Similar to dental crowns, bridges can be created from a wide range of materials.
With a dental bridge, crowns are made for the teeth on either side of the missing tooth (or teeth). False teeth are attached to the crowns to make the “bridge” between the two crowns. The entire unit is placed in your mouth.
With proper care and hygiene, crowns and bridges can last for many years. Contact our dental clinic for more information about crowns and bridges available to you at Bayside Dental Rowlett.