Dental Crowns and Bridges
Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges in Houston
An effective way to fill in spaces in your smile, bridges and crowns can also help keep your surrounding teeth from drifting.
How are dental crowns used?
To place a crown, your dentist must reduce 1-2 mm of the tooth’s surface to make room for it. Your dentist will then use a piece of thread or cord or use a laser to push the gum down around the tooth, to take an impression of the tooth. The impressions are sent to the lab where the crown is made. During that time, you will be given a temporary crown.
Temporary crowns are usually made of plastic and are made in your dentist’s office on the day of your visit. They are not meant to last. If a temporary crown is left in the mouth, the cement eventually washes out and the tooth can decay.
At a second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and test the permanent one. Sometimes crowns need additional polishing, or glaze or some other adjustment before they are placed. Once the crown is ready, it’s cemented to your tooth where it looks and functions much like a natural tooth.
What is a dental bridge and how is it used?
A bridge may be used to replace a single tooth or many teeth. A bridge consists of both a false tooth, called a pontic, and the anchors (abutment crowns) that support the pontic. The entire structure spans the space vacated by the missing tooth or teeth. Neighboring tooth structure is removed shaping them to receive an anchor crown. An impression is then taken and sent to a dental lab where they fabricate the bridge.
If one tooth is lost, the surrounding teeth may shift or change position causing opportunity for damage or decay. By installing a bridge you are taking steps to preserve your oral health.
What materials are crowns and bridges made of?
Crowns are constructed of all-porcelain material, and bridges may be constructed of all-porcelain, the traditional porcelain and metal materials or even other new options. The structure part of the bridge is created with a strong metal alloy that can handle the anticipated stresses of biting and chewing.
Are there any risks associated with crowns or bridges?
The only risk associated with a crown or a dental bridge is not receiving one soon after severe decay or losing a tooth. Delay in receiving a dental crown can lead to greater tooth decay and eventual need for tooth extraction. Without a dental bridge your jaw line or gums may suffer, speech may become slurred and other healthy teeth may shift or become damaged. Bridges and crowns are important ways to maintain overall dental health.
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If you are interested in more information about crowns and bridges, contact one of our Houston, TX offices today! Call (713) 330-7700 to schedule a consultation today.