Dental Crowns & Bridges in Richardson
Dental crowns and bridges are an effective solution for repairing a number of dental problems. From restoring tooth damage and decay to repairing old fillings or replacing one or more missing teeth, crowns and bridges can help you smile healthily once again. They are a predictable, effective solution -- and your dentist in Richardson provides crowns and bridges at Brick Row Dentistry.
What Is a Crown?
Also known as a cap, the dental crown is a thin covering that fits securely over the affected tooth. Crowns can be made out of a number of materials. Porcelain fused to metal, gold, ceramic, and a mixture of metal alloys are all used to make dental crowns. Natural-looking, sturdy ceramic is the best option for restoring teeth in the smile zone.
Dental crowns can solve a variety of issues, including…
- Holding together parts of a broken tooth
- Restoring significant damage or decay
- Repairing old, malfunctioning fillings
- As the final step in a root canal
- Tooth replacement supported by a dental implant
- Tooth replacement as part of a dental bridge
What Is a Dental Bridge?
The dental bridge is a set of crowns that replaces one or more teeth missing in a row. A fixed device that can only be removed by your dentist, it works by forming a literal bridge over the gap in the smile. Crowns are placed on the two surrounding natural teeth, and one or more crowns fill in the space between. A dental bridge restores the patient’s ability to eat and speak, and it also prevents the surrounding teeth from drifting out of place.
Placing crowns and bridges typically takes two or three visit to Brick Row Dentistry. During the first appointment, your dentist will put together your treatment plan and prepare your teeth to receive the dental crowns. Tooth preparation involves reshaping the enamel to make room for the crown to fit securely on top.
Temporary crowns will be worn in the time between appointments for crowns and bridges. Take special care while wearing the temporary -- avoid breakage and other issues by chewing on the opposite side of your mouth, and avoiding hard, sticky, or crunchy foods altogether.
Caring for Your Crown or Bridge
When cared for properly, your crown or bridge can be expected to last for decades. Maintain excellent dental hygiene to keep the teeth and gums surrounding your restoration healthy. You already know the basics of good oral care -- brushing for two minutes, twice a day, and flossing daily are as important as ever. Concentrate on the area surrounding the base of the crown or bridge to prevent the buildup of plaque and food particles. Visit your dentist as recommended to keep your smile healthy and strong for years to come.
Let’s Discuss Your Restorative Dental Care!
At Brick Row Dentistry, we provide the full range of general, preventive, and restorative dental treatments. Contact us to schedule an appointment for dental crowns in Richardson, or to discuss any of our other services. Request an appointment online today!