Dental Crowns and Bridges
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Teeth that are badly broken, have large fillings, or have been treated with root canals, need to have crowns placed on them to restore the tooth to proper function.
There are several types of crowns available for different areas of the mouth.
Back teeth crowns can be:
- full gold
- porcelain fused to metal
- e-Max ® porcelain crown (not for people who clench or grind their teeth)
- full Zirconia
- e-Max ® porcelain
- Empress ® porcelain
- Zirconia with porcelain
- porcelain fused to metal
Once the crown is returned by the dental lab, an appointment is made to seat (place) the crown. At the seating appointment, the tooth is put to sleep, the temporary is removed, and the permanent crown is placed on the tooth to check for a proper fit. If everything is perfect, the crown is cemented with strong dental cement that adheres to the underlying tooth structure. With good oral hygiene and regular professional dental cleanings, crowns can last many years.
Bridges are used to replace missing teeth. The steps are the same as for a crown but more teeth must be prepared to support the bridge replacing the missing teeth.
Crowns and bridges must be cared for just like your natural teeth. Crowns and bridges can get cavities at the tooth margin and since it is covering your natural tooth, is subject for getting gum disease also.
Good oral hygiene, frequent regular cleanings, and checkups will help your crowns last for years.
If you think you need a crown or bridge, please call our office at (903) 753-0337 for an appointment.
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