Crowns and Bridges
Dental Crowns are custom fitted tooth prosthetics that are used to restore fractured teeth.
Most common instances when a crown may be advised include:
-Extensive decay that compromises tooth structure
-Root canal treated teeth
-Teeth that are extremely sensitive
-When esthetic improvements are required
Crowns can be made of different types of materials.
-Porcelain or zirconia are tooth colored crowns that provide both improved esthetics and enhanced function. Porcelain is a stronger material and matches your adjacent teeth so helps provide improved esthetics as well.
-Porcelain also requires minimal tooth preparation hence preserving natural tooth structure.They are usually the restoration of choice when restoring back teeth which have higher chewing forces.
Porcelain fused to metal
-A PFM crown has layer of precious metal underneath the porcelain. They present several cons as compared to a zirconia crown.
-The metal underneath the porcelain shows in the form of unsightly grey lines at the gums causing them to look less cosmetic.
-They require more tooth structure to be removed to account for a layer of metal.
-Makes the gums more vulnerable to decay and inflammation with metal allergies
-At times the Porcelain over the metal may fracture or chip from the metal exposing the metal underneath.
-An e-max crown is the restoration of choice when replacing anterior or front teeth. E-max provides excellent esthetics as well and improved function and resemble natural teeth.
-They also require minimal tooth preparation and hence look less bulky.
The procedure involves building up the tooth after removing any existing decay or fragile tooth margins followed by an overall reduction of tooth based on the type of material used. We then make an impression or mould of the prepared tooth for a more customized fit of the final prosthesis. a temporary restoration is placed on the reduced tooth while you are waiting to receive the final crown. The temporary preserves the gum and tooth area and prevent any sensitivity around the tooth.
Caring for your crowns
Caring and maintaining the crown is similar to that of your natural teeth. brushing and flossing in between meals will help keep your crown plaque free and will increase the longevity of the crown and the tooth. A night guard is a great preventative way to protect the crown against fractures especially if you grind your teeth.
As your frisco dentist we are proud to offer our patients a warranty that protects your investment in your health. However, we require that you keep with your routine dental appointments to help prolong the life of your restoration.
Missing one or several teeth can cause several problems including eating and bite difficulties and reduced esthetics. A dental bridge is a custom fitted prosthesis that is used to replace one or several missing teeth. A bridge is fabricated using support from natural teeth which act as anchorage to replace the missing space.
What is the process of getting a dental bridge?
The of getting a dental bridge involves two to three appointments. During the first appointment, the adjacent anchor teeth are prepared and re-contoured. After that an impression is made for the the prepared teeth from which a custom bridge is formed to replace the missing space. A temporary bridge is placed on the prepared teeth to preserve the gum and the space around the missing area.
During the seconds visit, the temporary bridge is removed and the final bridge is placed using a permanent cement. It is adjusted to match your natural bite and your adjacent natural teeth.
How do I care for my bridge?
Caring for your bridge requires brushing and flossing around it in between meals to ensure that it is plaque free and will increase the longevity of the crown and the tooth. A night guard is a great preventative way to protect the crown against fractures especially if you grind your teeth.
As your Frisco dentist we are proud to offer our patients a warranty that protects your investment in your health. However, we require that you keep with your routine dental appointments to help prolong the life of your restoration.
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