Crowns and bridges are the most popular restorative options used to treat teeth that are broken, misshapen, severely worn out, or infected. They are made from dental-grade ceramic material, which is highly customizable, durable, and mimics the natural tissues of the mouth.
What are Crowns?
Crowns are cap-like structures that are placed over the teeth to restore them to their ideal shape, size, and strength. They can be used to treat a number of oral conditions such as chipped teeth, cracked teeth, discolored teeth, broken teeth, or misshapen teeth.
How are Crowns placed?
Dental crowns can be placed in a single visit to the dental practice. The dentist will clean the tooth and etch it after which the digital impression of the tooth is obtained. It is done using a hand-held scanning device called an intraoral scanner.
The impression is sent to a dental laboratory where the crown will be fabricated using high-precision equipment. Meanwhile, the dentist may place a temporary crown on the tooth to protect it from further damage. Once the permanent crown is ready for placement, the dentist removes the temporary one and thoroughly cleans the tooth and applies an etch solution to it. This helps the permanent crown stick firmly on the tooth.
After this, the dentist places the permanent crown on the tooth and checks for fit and stability. A bite test is conducted after this to make sure everything is in order.
What are Bridges?
Bridges are restorations that are used for replacing missing teeth with prosthetic ones. They consist of two parts - one is an artificial tooth (known as pontics or fillings) that replaces an extracted or missing tooth and rests in place above either crowns or dental implants (small titanium studs) that serve as anchoring devices. Bridges help restore both function and aesthetics of a missing tooth and prevent teeth from drifting out of position due to lack of support.
How are Bridges placed?
The dentist initiates the procedure for bridges through a complete dental checkup. It helps to understand if the patient is a candidate for bridges. The dentist etches a small part of the adjacent tooth which help to hold the bridge in place. The impression of the tooth is obtained and sent to the dental lab for fabrication.
In the subsequent appointment, the dentist places the bridge inside the mouth with the help of dental adhesives. Any adjustments that are required are made before the bridge is permanently fixed inside the mouth. If you have any questions about the dental service call Dentist in Katy, TX at (281) 271-5100 to schedule an appointment at our office located in Katy, TX.