Teeth that are badly broken have large fillings or have been treated with root canals and 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

Front teeth crowns can be:

  • e-Max ® porcelain
  • Empress ® porcelain
  • Zirconia with porcelain
  • porcelain fused to metal

The procedure for a crown is first to put the tooth to sleep with local anesthetic. Then the tooth is prepared (cut down) on all sides and the top to allow enough room for a dental lab to fabricate a crown. A mold is taken of the tooth and then a temporary crown is made to cover the prepped tooth while we wait for the dental lab to make the crown.

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.

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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) 708-6116 for an appointment.

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Dr. Bruyere graduated from Texas A&M whilst finishing at the Baylor College of Dentistry. He possesses a fellowship with the Academy of General Dentistry and 30 years of experience in dentistry.

Dr. Bruyere enjoys keeping up with the latest information on dental products, treatments and techniques whilst providing the best quality dentistry to his patients.