Has your confidence taken a hit because of missing, broken, or chipped teeth? Are you ready to restore your beautiful smile? Lovett Dental Meyerland Plaza offers beautiful and durable dental crowns and bridges, which can bring your smile back as well as restore the functionality of your teeth. Discover how we can help you restore the smile you love by getting a crown or bridge.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are a type of dental restoration usually made of porcelain. However, in some cases, dental crowns may have a metal base. Crowns can be used to restore the appearance of damaged teeth. They can be used on teeth that are chipped, broken, decayed, misshapen, or worn down.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are another type of dental restoration which are used when some teeth are entirely missing. Usually, dental bridges are made of porcelain and, in some cases, may have a metal base. This metal base increases the strength of the bridge. Dental bridges can be used for restoration when there are remaining teeth in front of and behind the missing teeth.
Why Are Crowns and Bridges Needed?
The enamel of the human tooth can be a fragile thing. Over time, the enamel of your teeth can begin to wear away. This can be caused by poor dental hygiene, genetics, lifestyle, and even sleep habits. Due to these factors, teeth can begin to chip or crack. In some cases, the teeth can become misshapen through habits such as teeth grinding or through injuries. When this happens, teeth can become unattractive and can lose their functionality. In extreme cases, a tooth can be completely lost due to decay or injury. A missing tooth will not only cause a blow to your confidence but can make eating and even talking difficult.
Crowns and bridges provide a way to restore these damaged or missing teeth so that you can enjoy the confidence and functionality of a healthy smile.
Porcelain Crown Procedure
If tooth enamel is weak or damaged, but the tooth is still intact, a tooth-shaped cap will be placed over your tooth. This cap is called a dental crown. This crown is used to protect the tooth and restore it to the original size and shape, but most importantly, to restore the tooth’s strength and functionality. Porcelain is used because of its durability. The crown can also be customized to match your existing teeth’ color, size, and shape.
Porcelain Bridge Procedure
If you have missing teeth, you can replace these teeth with dental bridges. Bridges will restore your smile as well as the functionality of your mouth. You can think of a dental bridge is a dental prosthetic. The bridge can be customized to match the color, size, and shape of existing teeth so that you can have confidence in your new smile. In most cases, the bridge will consist of a dental crown covering the remaining teeth surrounding the missing tooth with the false tooth settling into place. This creates a seamless prosthetic which will look like your own natural teeth once the unit is cemented. Another bonus of having a dental bridge implanted is that it will prevent your remaining teeth from drifting into the open space. This is a problem that often develops when teeth are missing.
When you visit Lovett Dental Meyerland Plaza, we will evaluate your particular dental needs to create a customized dental plan for you.