Crowns & Bridges

Crowns or “caps” are placed on the tops of teeth like a covering and are typically made of synthetic, porcelain material. Their purpose can be either aesthetic or restorative- in cases of a root canal. Crowns may also be used to conceal advanced decaying, threatened fillings, and chipped, stained, or cracked teeth. Although crowns and veneers are similar in function, veneers are thin and positioned only on the fronts of teeth. Crowns, however, cover over the entire tooth and are used in more severe circumstances. More of the tooth is removed in order for a crown to be placed properly.

The tooth or teeth are reduced in size in order to accommodate the placement of a crown. An impression is made of the existing teeth and sent to a special lab. A custom-made crown is then created from the mold. Occasionally, patients are given a temporary crown. Once the permanent crown arrives, it is cemented into position.

Poor habits such as jaw clenching and teeth grinding greatly shorten the life-span of a crown. Also, consuming brittle or tacky foods like ice or hard candy can put it in jeopardy. Flossing the area around a crown is imperative and will aid in warding off plaque and debris. Proper care of a quality crown can enable it to last up to 8 years longer.

Bridges

Composed of porcelain, gold alloys, or material combinations- bridges are used to fill the space from a missing tooth or teeth. A bridge is literally created between the two teeth on the sides of the gap. Because they are custom-made, their appearance is natural and barely noticeable. Bridges also serve to restore the natural contour and accurate alignment between upper and lower teeth. They act as fixed partial dentures because they are semi-permanent and bonded to the fronts of teeth. Implant bridges, however, are attached below the gum tissue or to the bone. Depending on the type of bridge, they may be removed by the patient, while some of them must be removed by the dentist.

The procedure for a bridge is similar to that of a crown. A local anesthetic is administered to the area to eliminate pain. The teeth adjacent to the gap will be reduced in size in order to accommodate for the extra space necessary for the new tooth. Afterward, an impression is made and sent to the lab. A temporary bridge or false tooth, called a flipper, will be put in place in order to protect the teeth and gums. Finally, the temporary bridge will be removed and the permanent bridge will be fitted. The bridge is then positioned after testing and cemented to teeth

Porcelain Crowns

CAD/CAM Crowns

Porcelain Bridge


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As we have been serving the Waco and Central Texas community since 1976, we have developed a reputation for providingthe finest in dental care.
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