Trinity Dental Care
General Dentist & Implant Dentistry located in Bedford, TX
Crowns and bridges use state of the art materials to restore damaged teeth or to replace teeth that have been lost due to decay, trauma, or gum disease. Gunda Gayathri, DDS, and her dedicated team at Trinity Dental Care in Bedford, Texas, are a leading provider of crowns and bridges, helping patients enjoy healthier teeth and more attractive smiles. To learn more about crowns and bridges can help preserve your oral health, call the office, or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.
Crowns and Bridges Q & A
What is a dental crown?
Crowns are durable coverings that surround the entire visible portion of the tooth, providing extra strength and stability to the tooth as well as hiding any cosmetic defects.
Crowns have many applications in dentistry, including hiding large, dark fillings, protecting teeth that are cracked or fractured, adding durability to teeth that have had a root canal procedure, and protecting teeth that support a dental bridge. They can also be used to hide deep discoloration that can’t be treated with teeth whitening procedures.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a device that’s used to replace one or more missing teeth. It’s called a bridge because it spans the gap left by a missing tooth, securing to the teeth on either side of the gap. The bridge supports one or more artificial teeth or crowns that are tinted and shaped to look just like natural teeth.
Bridges are often preferred over dentures because they’re very secure. They stay in place with strong, permanent adhesives or by attaching with small clips.
How are crowns and bridges applied?
Crowns and bridges begin with an impression of the treatment area. The impression is sent to the lab where the restoration will be custom made.
Next, the tooth or teeth are prepared for the crown. A small portion of the tooth surface material must be removed to make room for the crown’s thickness and to prevent crowding once the crown is applied. Once the material is removed, a temporary crown will be placed on the tooth to protect it while the permanent crown is being made.
At the second appointment, the temporary crown is removed, and the new crown will be placed on the tooth using a permanent adhesive. If a bridge is being applied, it’s fitted next. Crowns and bridges can be gently buffed once in place to ensure the most comfortable fit.
How long do crowns and bridges last?
Crowns and bridges are very durable and long-lasting. In many cases, they can last a decade, or even longer when they’re cared for properly with regular brushing, flossing, and frequent trips to the dentist.
If you're interested in learning more about how a crown or bridge can help improve your oral health, call Trinity Dental Care or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool today.