Looking for the best Crowns and Bridges near Dallas?
Dental Crowns are tooth shaped- prosthetics made of porcelain which are placed on top of a tooth in order to restore its shape and size, strengthen and protect its structure as well as improve the overall appearance of the tooth.
The dental crown or cap, which is cemented into place by the use of dental cement, may be used in a number of situations. They include:
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling
- In order to hold a dental bridge
- In order to cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
- For any cosmetic modification
- To restore a cracked, broken, or severely damaged or worn tooth
- To hold the weakening structure of a decaying tooth together.
For chipped, cracked, decayed, worn or damaged teeth, dental crowns are the ideal solution. If correctly crafted, a dental crown blends seamlessly into the patient’s natural dentition by matching the teeth in size, shape, color as well as texture. The crowns are all custom – fabricated based upon the model of the patient’s natural teeth which is acquired by taking a dental impression.
Types of Dental Crowns
There are a number of different types of crowns available. The most commonly available permanent crowns include:
- Stainless steel crowns – pre-fabricated crowns used on a temporary basis
- Metal crowns made of gold or other metal alloys
- Porcelain fused to metal crowns which have a metal cover and porcelain covering.
- All resin crowns.
- All porcelain crowns
- Zirconia or Milled crowns
Dental bridges or fixed partial dentures are dental prosthetics which consist of two or more dental crowns soldered in place in order to bridge the gap between teeth. Dental bridges are a conventionally popular prosthetic treatment option for the replacement of missing teeth which not only restore a patient’s bite to full functionality, they allow the patient to retain and maintain their facial structure and shape as well as help equally distribute the forces of a dentition.
Dental bridges are useful because they restore the patient’s ability to properly talk and eat as well as prevent the remaining teeth in the patient’s jaw from moving out of their natural position.
Types of Dental Bridges
There are four basic types of bridges available in the market. They include:
- Cantilever bridges
- Traditional Bridges
- Maryland Bonded Bridges
- Implant Supported Bridges
The Cantilever bridge commonly used for the replacement of a single tooth. The Maryland bonded bridge is the minimally conservative bridge which is fused to the back of the adjacent teeth with the help of metal band or wings. The Traditional Bridge, made from either porcelain fused to metal or ceramic are the most popular type of bridge. The use of this bridge involves the preparation of two adjacent natural teeth to support the structure of the bridge itself.
Implant supported bridges are a newer alternative to the traditional bridges and involve the surgical placement of a dental implant, a screw like structure within the dental bone. The implant is later fitted with a custom-made prosthetic crown. These types of bridges are commonly used in cases where there are no adjacent teeth available.
The type of crown or bridge used for any restoration is decided by the dentist based on the requirements of the case. Patient’s looking for a dentist to replace their missing teeth in the Lewisville, TX area should call or visit D. Dental today.