If you damage or lose a permanent tooth, a crown or bridge can prevent further problems and repair your smile. At Atrium Modern Dental, Quyen Hong, DDS, uses dental restorations, including crowns and bridges, to help individuals achieve good oral health. To schedule an appointment at the Dallas, Texas, practice, call the office or book online today.
Crowns and bridges are two of the most commonly used dental restorations. Even though they’re frequently mentioned together, they’re two different things.
Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that repair damaged or decaying molars and premolars. Once bonded in place, they restore your tooth to its near-original strength, shape, and size. Crowns are made from various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, and amalgam.
Bridges help repair a hole in your smile caused by a missing tooth (or teeth). Dr. Hong offers several types of bridges, including traditional, Maryland, cantilever, and implant-supported bridges. In addition to restoring your smile, bridges significantly lower your risk of gum recession and bone loss.
Prior to recommending crowns or bridges, Dr. Hong reviews your dental health history, asks about your symptoms, and conducts an oral exam. She then takes digital oral X-rays to assess the extent of the damage, decay, or tooth loss, to determine the process of receiving a crown or bridge.
If you’re receiving a crown, Dr. Hong takes molds of your tooth. She delivers your molds to the dental laboratory next door. The lab technicians craft a custom crown that fits the unique cusps of your teeth perfectly. About a week later, you return to Atrium Modern Dental, and Dr. Hong bonds the crown to the top of your tooth.
If you’re getting a bridge, Dr. Hong prepares the two teeth on either side of the gap in your smile or one tooth, depending on the type of bridge. Then she takes impressions. If you’re attaching a bridge to a dental implant, the surrounding teeth do not need preparation.
Dr. Hong delivers your impressions to the dental laboratory next door. The lab technicians use them to manufacture a bridge that fits perfectly.
A week or two later, you return to Atrium Modern Dental, and Dr. Hong bonds your bridge to the abutment teeth or attaches it to the implant.
Crowns and bridges are just like your natural teeth in that they require routine maintenance. Dr. Hong recommends brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, and visiting Atrium Modern Dental at least twice a year for an oral exam and professional cleaning.
To prevent chips, cracks, or other damage, avoid bad habits like nail-biting, chewing on pen caps, or opening objects with your teeth. If you play sports or grind your teeth at night, consider wearing a mouthguard or night guard.
If you’re interested in restoring your smile with crowns and bridges, request a consultation at Atrium Modern Dental. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online.