Dental Crowns & Bridges in Lakewood-Dallas

What Is a Dental Crown?

Woman with healthy smileA dental crown in Dallas is an individual restoration that is designed to cover an ailing single tooth, both repairing its appearance and protecting what remains of the original structure. Crowns are very versatile and can be used effectively in the following cases:

  • When a tooth is suffering from a big cavity that can’t be treated with a filling.
  • When a tooth is badly injured and needs additional support.
  • When a tooth is weakened and has a high risk of fracturing.
  • When a tooth is misshapen and you would like to restore its appearance.
  • When a tooth has just undergone root canal therapy and protection against future damage.
  • When a tooth is suffering from cracked tooth syndrome (a condition wherein a tooth has a crack so small that it is difficulty to identify via a visual examination or with an X-ray).

Dental crowns traditionally require two appointments to complete. However, here at Lakewood Dental Group, we’re now happy to offer CEREC one-visit crowns as an efficient and fulfilling alternative when possible.

In addition to offering crowns that cover an existing tooth, your dentist in Dallas can also create a crown that goes on top of a dental implant in order to replace a tooth that is missing altogether. An implant-retained crown is the most natural-looking and natural-feeling way to fill in a small gap in your mouth and get your smile back to 100 percent.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

Man with healthy smile Dental bridges are sturdy restorations that are designed to replace one or more missing teeth in a row that have been fully lost. They’re meant to literally “bridge” the gap through the use of dental crowns that attach over natural teeth or dental implants on either side and hold it in place.

In order to place a traditional fixed bridge, we first have to prepare the abutment teeth (the teeth next to the gap). We do so by filing away some of the enamel so the teeth can fit well under their crowns. Then, we take impressions and design your custom restoration. Once the bridge is in place, you’ll be able to resume normal eating and drinking habits. A fixed bridge usually lasts for at least five years, though they can last for much longer than that with proper care.

An implant-retained bridge is similar to a traditional bridge. However, instead of relying on natural teeth for support, it is attached to one or more dental implants. An implant-retained bridge tends to be even stronger than its traditional counterpart, and placing one does not require that any of a patient’s remaining natural teeth be modified.

A Durable and Aesthetically Pleasing Solution

Learning that you need a dental crown may seem frustrating at first, especially if you’ve only had dental fillings in the past. Why isn’t a dental filling sufficient to repair your tooth? A crown is designed to restore an entire tooth structure, while a dental filling is only designed to repair a small portion of your tooth. Because a crown covers your natural tooth structure, it also protects the integrity of your root. A dental crown in Lakewood-Dallas is an excellent option for helping you maintain your natural tooth while restoring function and aesthetics to your smile.

A Durable and Aesthetically Pleasing Solution

A dental crown may be recommended in these circumstances:

  • For a tooth that is cracked, fractured, or decayed beyond what a filling can repair
  • As a single restoration for a dental implant
  • To strengthen a tooth treated with root canal therapy
  • For cosmetic purposes, to cover a chipped, broken, or discolored tooth
  • To restore a tooth with a broken down large restoration such as a filling
  • To anchor a dental bridge for tooth replacement

Crowns also act as anchors to secure a dental bridge, which is an ideal tooth replacement option for one or more missing adjacent teeth. With a dental bridge, two crowns attach to healthy teeth, while one or more prosthetic teeth are secured in between to fill in the open space. The bridge is customized to match surrounding teeth and complement your smile.

The Process for Completing a Crown

A dental crown can typically be completed in two appointments over the course of one to two weeks. During your first visit, your dentist will prepare your tooth for your new crown and create a temporary crown for you to wear while your permanent restoration is being completed by a top technician at a dental laboratory.

When your final crown is completed, you will return to Lakewood Dental Group to have your permanent restoration placed. Now that your tooth is restored to health, you’ll find that you’ll be brushing, eating, and chewing normally again.

Caring for Your Dental Crown

While your dental crown closely mimics your natural tooth, there are steps you should take to ensure the longevity of it. If you avoid chewing or biting sticky or hard foods with your crown, it will help protect it from fracturing or getting pulled off.

Also brushing twice each day and flossing gently around your crown will keep it clean and free from debris that could cause tooth decay. Regular checkups with your dentist will ensure that your crown stays healthy, and if you follow these tips, your crown can potentially last 12 to 15 years.

Contact Your Dentist in Lakewood-Dallas

If you have questions about dental crowns or concerns about the treatment you need, your team at Lakewood Dental Group has answers! Call us today for more information or to schedule your next appointment.