Dental crowns and Dental bridges are used to fix severely damaged or missing teeth. Dental crowns restore the entire visible portion of the tooth (the part above the gum line), while a dental bridge fills the space left by a missing tooth.
When a tooth is so weak that the remaining structure cannot be restored by a simple filling or onlay, Houston, TX dentist Dr. Crouse recommends a dental crown. A crown is a tooth-colored covering that encases the entire tooth. Crowns can be used to repair large fractures, replace large, worn fillings, cover a tooth after root canal therapy, restore dental implants, and hold a dental bridge together. Because it is difficult to predict the extent of damage that may be caused by a fractured tooth, Dr. Crouse may recommend a crown as preventive treatment.
Depending on the location of the tooth and the patient’s preference, the crown can be made from all-porcelain, porcelain and metal, or all-metal like cast gold. All-metal is recommended for teeth that receive heavy chewing forces, while all-porcelain is often used for teeth that show when you smile. Porcelain-fused-to-metal is great combination of aesthetics and function.
Bridges consist of several dental crowns. A typical fixed bridge has two crowns capped over teeth on either side of the space (called abutment teeth) and another crown in the middle that serves as the replacement tooth. Sometimes, the replacement tooth is anchored by metal wings or attachments. Dental bridges are designed to fill isolated gaps in the mouth; if you are missing an entire row of teeth, full dentures or dental implants are recommended.
Dental Bridges require preparation of the abutment teeth. Your dentist in Houston will shape each tooth and remove a bit of enamel to make room for the crown. If you would rather preserve your natural teeth, consider partial dentures or dental implants.
It is more than one crown connected together to replace a tooth that has been missing. And the way that a bridge works is that there is a crown next to the space and a tooth on the other side of the space. So there is a fake tooth that rests on a gum line and it is attached to two teeth next door to it. In reality, a lot of times I think patients can be nervous about a bridge procedure, it’s still a very common procedure that’s done over and over again because it’s really just a little more than doing a crown. It’s a good option for patients who are not ready to do an implant perhaps to replace a missing tooth, it’s a good option for patients who are only missing one tooth and perhaps don’t want something that they have to take in and out of their mouth, something that’s removable. So it’s still a very, very good treatment to do for patients that don’t want to spend the time on the implant or aren’t ready for that, but do want to replace that missing tooth quickly so that they can get on with their life and get on with being able to chew.
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