If you have severely decayed or missing teeth, dental bridges and crowns can restore your smile. At The Dental Den of Allen in Allen, Texas, Anniece Ward, DDS, and her team of dental experts are available to fit you for the right bridge or crown to suit your unique needs. To learn more about how dental crowns and bridges can improve your smile, call The Dental Den of Allen or book an appointment online today.
A missing tooth can dramatically impact the way you talk, chew, or smile. Over time, the gap left behind by your missing tooth may cause your remaining healthy teeth to shift, leading to:
When your healthy teeth begin to shift due to gaps in your smile, they are exposed to further decay and other dental concerns. To prevent your teeth from shifting, it’s important to restore your missing teeth.
A dental crown is a cap-like cover that fits over your entire tooth to restore its shape, strength, shade, and function. Dr. Ward and her team may recommend a dental crown if you have:
Designed to protect and strengthen teeth, dental crowns help keep unwanted plaque and bacteria away from teeth that are susceptible to further decay.
Depending on the location of your damaged tooth, there are many dental crown options that can suit your unique needs, such as:
Porcelain or ceramic crowns are natural looking and can be color matched to your exact tooth shade. However, they are less durable than other alternatives, so they are most often recommended to patients with very noticeable missing teeth in the front of their mouths.
A porcelain-fused-to-metal crown offers an extremely durable metal base that is covered by natural looking porcelain. While it provides the best of both worlds in terms of strength and aesthetics, the metal base can show through over time.
The strongest option, metal crowns are durable and long lasting. They are most often recommended for patients with damaged molars.
Whether you need a dental crown, bridge, or both, The Dental Den of Allen team is available to restore your smile and confidence. Call or book an appointment online today to learn more.
When teeth are removed or fall out due to decay or trauma, dental bridges help restore your missing teeth. They look and feel exactly like your natural teeth, so you never have to worry about your dental bridge drawing unwanted attention.
When placing your dental bridge, Dr. Ward uses the teeth surrounding your missing tooth to secure the restoration into place. This is done by preparing your two anchoring teeth, called abutments, for dental crowns.
Dr. Ward files down these teeth to make room for their new crowns, making the transition look as seamless and natural as possible. These abutment teeth are used to hold your pontic — or prosthetic tooth — securely in place.
There are three main types of dental bridges patients can choose from. They include:
The most popular and common type of dental bridge, a traditional bridge sits on metal framework and is held up with two porcelain or ceramic abutment teeth with one pontic in the middle.
If you only have one viable abutment tooth, Dr. Ward may recommend a cantilever bridge. In this case, only one abutment tooth is prepared, meaning the pontic is located outside of the abutment teeth. They are typically only used for teeth close to the front of the mouth.
A conservative alternative to traditional bridges, a Maryland bridge requires little to no tooth preparation, as the pontic actually sits on top of metal or porcelain framework.