If you’re tired of hiding your damaged, decayed, or missing teeth, don’t assume there’s nothing you can do to change it. Not all damaged teeth need to be pulled, and there are a variety of options for replacing one or more missing teeth. At Franklin Square Dental in Austin and Bee Cave, Texas, Zhiyong Fan, DDS, and Amira Hassan, DDS, use crowns and bridges to restore the appearance and function of damaged teeth or to replace a missing tooth. To find out if crowns and bridges can save one or more of your teeth, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Dental crowns and bridges used together are common restorations for one or more missing teeth, while dental crowns may give you an option to save decayed or damaged teeth.
Crowns are custom-made caps that restore the functionality, strength, and appearance of teeth that are broken, decayed, or damaged due to injury. The cap fits securely over your original tooth to protect it against future damage.
If you’re missing a tooth, a dental implant with a crown can provide a non-removable, long-lasting solution to replace it.
As the name suggests, a dental bridge literally “bridges” the gap between teeth caused by a missing tooth. Missing teeth cause you to develop a bad bite, and your remaining teeth may move out of position, both of which make it difficult to chew or speak normally.
A crown is attached to the teeth on either side of the prosthetic tooth, and it sits on top of the gum to replace the missing tooth. Bridges can also attach to dental implants on either side of the missing tooth. The bridge keeps your teeth in their proper positions and restores your beautiful smile.
Most crowns and bridges require two appointments. For a crown, your provider takes X-rays, makes an impression of your mouth, and removes the infected pulp during your first appointment.
You leave the office with a temporary crown placed over the tooth while the laboratory makes your permanent crown.
If you’re getting a crown and bridge, X-rays and an impression of your mouth are taken so the laboratory can create your prosthetic tooth to fit the area where you’re missing a tooth. You don’t need a temporary crown while you wait for the bridge.
During your second appointment, the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown or bridge is placed. The dentist may make some adjustments to ensure a proper fit. Cement secures a crown placed over an existing tooth or attaches the prosthetic tooth to your existing teeth to form the bridge.
Taking care of crowns involves the same hygienic practices as caring for your natural teeth. Brush and floss twice daily to keep all teeth, including the crown, clean. In addition to at-home dental hygiene, keep your twice-annual appointments for dental cleanings and exams at Franklin Square Dental.
Bridges should also be brushed daily and require the use of a special flosser to get dental floss between the bridge and your gums.
Crowns and bridges are strong, but hard foods and ice can crack or break them, which makes it possible for bacteria to enter through the crown and decay the natural tooth under the crown.
To find out if dental crowns and bridges can restore your teeth call Franklin Square Dental or use the online tool to schedule an appointment.