Missing teeth are a real concern and should be treated at the earliest. The treatment of your missing teeth is not restricted to dentures anymore. Many other procedures have been introduced that provide long-lasting results. Dental crowns and bridges are the two sought-after restorative procedures for your missing teeth.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a cap-like structure placed on your chipped, cracked, or broken teeth. Dental crowns, when paired with dental implants, replace your missing teeth, thus offering you a life-long restoration. Crowns bring your teeth back to their shape, size, and function. They are also used as a cosmetic dental procedure to cover your severely discolored teeth. Another application of crowns is to fill large cavities, otherwise not treated by dental fillings.
Dental crowns are made of various materials – ceramic, metal alloys, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, and so on. Out of all these materials, ceramic makes the most common choice as it matches the natural appearance of your teeth.
How are Crowns Applied?
The application of crowns is a straightforward procedure. We will take the impressions of your teeth and send them to the dental lab for the creation of crowns. If you have decay, we will remove it, clean the area, and place temporary crowns to seal the space. When your permanent crowns arrive, we remove the temporary ones and attach them to your teeth.
Nowadays, you can even opt for same-day dental crowns. The procedure doesn’t require multiple visits and completes on the same day of the appointment.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge comprises two or more dental crowns on either side of the gap made by your missing teeth. We place false teeth in between to bridge the gap. The fake teeth are known as pontics and are made using various materials like porcelain, gold, or even a combination of them. Dental bridges restore the appearance of your smile and tooth functionality. Besides natural teeth, a bridge may also get support from dental implants.
How is the Bridge Placed?
We will numb the site of the procedure with a local anesthetic to avoid pain or discomfort. Like crowns, we will take impressions of your teeth to create a bridge that fits into your mouth to perfection. We will offer you a temporary bridge, soon replaced by the permanent one. We will perform all the necessary modifications and complete the restoration.
To find out more about the dental services offered at South Friendswood Dental, call (281) 481-7731 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 699 S Friendswood, Dr Suite, #108, Friendswood, TX 77546.