A crown is a type of dental restoration that fully covers the visible portion of the tooth. A crown is used when a tooth has been damaged and cannot be restored using dental fillings or bonding alone. The crown restores the tooth to its normal shape and function. It also improves the appearance of the tooth. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramic, and zirconia.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a restoration that is used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge is anchored to two healthy teeth on either side of the gap and then “bridges” the gap. A dental bridge also helps prevent future teeth from shifting and moving into the gap.
Advantages of Dental Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges restore function to your teeth. For instance, if your tooth is cracked, a crown can restore function to the tooth. They are tooth-shaped restorations that cover the whole tooth that had been filed down and prepared.
Further, dental crowns and bridges are made from a dental-grade ceramic material that lasts for many years together without undergoing significant wear or damage. Also, this material can be customized as required to mimic the exact color and texture of the adjoining natural teeth.
A dental bridge can last five to 10 years. The lifespan can be influenced by habits such as teeth grinding, using your teeth to open packages, or biting your fingernails. A dental crown can last 10 to 15 years, depending on how well you take care of it. As with bridges, habits such as teeth grinding can shorten their lifespan.
How Are Bridges and Crowns Placed?
We will conduct a thorough diagnosis of your oral condition before recommending crowns or bridges. This diagnosis will also include taking digital X-rays and scans of the mouth to help us determine the severity of the condition. These digital scans will be sent to a dental laboratory for fabricating the restoration from dental-grade ceramic. Meanwhile, we will prepare the teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel and placing a temporary restoration on it.
During the next visit, we will remove the temporary crowns and etch the teeth’s surface using an etching liquid. The fabricated restorations will be placed on the teeth and checked for a perfect fit. Once we achieve it, they will be bonded to the teeth using dental adhesives.
To find out more about the dental services offered at our dental practice, call (361) 578-3544 or go online to schedule a consultation. You can also visit Dentist in Victoria, TX at 102 Professional Park, Victoria, TX, 77904.