If you’re missing one or several teeth, you don’t have to hide your smile in shame anymore.
At Texas Dental Group in Spring, TX, there are several options available to help restore your smile. We can give you a smile you’d be proud to show off, with teeth that allow you to eat whatever you want.
Dental crowns and bridges are both good options for patients who want to restore their smile to its former fuller, brighter glory.
What Are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown covers a damaged tooth to strengthen it, improve its appearance, or both. A crown can also cap an implant to make it look and function like a real tooth. At Texas Dental Group, we use materials like porcelain or zirconia for our crowns.
Dental crowns are typically used to:
- Strengthen and protect a weak tooth
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth left
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a discolored or misshapen tooth
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a tooth after a root canal treatment
Perhaps the biggest benefit of a dental crown is relief from uncomfortable symptoms. Additionally, the procedure to receive a crown is simple and customized just for you. You can expect your crowns to last for years. If you and your dentist decide dental crowns are best for you, we are confident they will give you a brighter, confident smile.
What Are Tooth Bridges?
A bridge is a great option if you’re missing one or more teeth. If you have a gap because of missing teeth, the other teeth you do have can rotate or move into that space. This movement can affect your bite and cause other problems including gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
Bridges fit in the space where your teeth are missing to restore your smile. We offer fixed bridges or implant-supported bridges. For a fixed bridge, we will anchor connected crowns to the teeth on either side of the space left by your missing teeth.
For an implant-supported bridge, dental implants are placed where your teeth are missing. Then we place your bridge on those implants to replace the missing teeth.
The main benefits of getting a dental bridge include:
- Creating a fuller, more confident smile
- Giving you the ability to chew and speak properly
- Maintaining the shape of your face
- Creating a more even bite to evenly distribute force among all your teeth
- Keeping the rest of your teeth in place and preventing drifting
Dental Crowns And Tooth Bridges: Which Is Right For Me?
A consultation with your dentist will determine which option is best for you.
Dental crowns and tooth bridges are both good options for you if you’re wanting to restore your smile.
The main difference between the two options is that crowns are a way to fix a damaged or broken tooth, while a bridge is a replacement for one or more missing teeth. Crowns and bridges have the potential to last 10 years or longer with proper care. Neither of them needs to be removed, which makes them more convenient than dentures. You also don’t have to worry about them moving or falling out.
To ensure your crown or bridge lasts as long as possible, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene. You should brush and floss regularly to protect your dental work and prevent gum disease. It’s also important to keep up with regular checkups with your dentist.
Ready To Restore Your Smile?
If you’re ready to find out more about restorative dentistry and dental crowns or bridges, don’t hesitate to call us. We are more than happy to give you more information so you can get a better idea of which may work for you. However, for the most accurate information about restoring your smile, you’ll want to come in and see us.