Dental Crowns & Bridges Houston
A dental crown, sometimes called a cap, is an oral prosthodontic device placed over a tooth that has lost a large amount of its structure. This helps to protect the tooth from further cracking, decay, or other damage while restoring the appearance of your smile and your ability to eat and speak properly.
There are several different types of crown, including full metal, porcelain fused to metal (PFM), porcelain, and zirconium. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. For example, metal crowns are highly durable and can withstand a great amount of wear and pressure. However, because they are made from either gold or lesser metal alloys, they have a striking metallic appearance that easily draws attention. Porcelain crowns appear more natural, being similar in color and composition to natural teeth. However, this material is more likely to crack or break under pressure, and are often only used for the front teeth.
Dental bridges are a way of replacing missing teeth, secured in place by crowns. Dental bridges help to restore proper occlusion and are cosmetically attractive, giving you a full and beautiful smile. Like crowns, they can be made from a variety of materials, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Your dentist can help determine which material is best for your case during your appointment. Bridges are not as permanent as a crown, but are securely bonded to your teeth and cannot be removed without a dentist’s help.
Crowns and bridges are customized to fit with your natural teeth. To make sure they are an exact match, impressions of your teeth will be taken and sent to a dental mill. To some extent, you will be able to specify the appearance of the crown or bridge, specifying color and material.
Once a crown is placed, it is designed to last for the long haul. Provided they do not fall out or break, these devices should last you the rest of your lifetime. Caring for them is as simple as keeping up with regular brushing and flossing and making regular appointments for dental exams and cleanings.