It was such a simple and brilliant idea to let your kids run around Rocket Fizz today. They spend the majority of the week in school being told to sit still and be quiet, and then they eat the healthy lunches you make for them. You thought it would be nice to let them be literal kids in a candy story for a little while. Suddenly you find yourself eagerly wandering through the shelves, looking at the colorful wares. There are endless varieties of candies, ones that make you think back to your own childhood. You can’t enjoy them because your teeth desperately need to be repaired, but you don’t know what can be done. You’ve heard of people getting their teeth fixed with a dental crown or a dental bridge in Tyler, but what does that actually mean? Could they help your teeth?
Do I Need A Dental Crown or A Dental Bridge?
Dental crowns and bridges have been utilized by dentists for many years. Over 2 million crowns alone are created every year. It is because they can be a very effective solution for a host of common problems, such as:
- Repairing broken or missing teeth
- Covering misshapen or discolored teeth
- Replacing a large filling
The primary purpose of crowns and bridges are to help restore teeth to their former look and function. If you have teeth suffering from these conditions, a crown or bridge might be the answer.
How Dental Crowns Work
A dental crown works in a very basic way: the crown itself is put on top of your natural tooth in order to restore and augment its current structure. The process for getting a crown involves 4 steps:
- Dr. Gerber will evaluate your tooth and see if you are a good candidate for a crown
- If yes, he may remove part of the tooth in order to better fit the crown. He will then take an impression of this tooth and the surrounding structures.
- An outside lab will use this impression to make your crown.
- You will visit Dr. Gerber again and he will install your crown.
Crowns can have the appearance and strength of natural teeth. They are typically made of amalgam, a mix of different metals, or porcelain. Porcelain crowns are more resilient and are able to better replicate the look and color of a natural tooth.
How Dental Bridges Work
While a dental crown is typically used to restore a single tooth, it can also help to restore a row of missing or damaged teeth by supporting a dental bridge. It does this by supporting a fake, or pontic tooth, between two crowns. These two crowns are called abutment teeth. These abutment teeth are built off of your remaining natural teeth which are rooted in your gums, while the pontic tooth is a prosthetic that sits between them on top of the gums. The process for getting a bridge is very similar to getting a crown, the only difference being that you may need to have multiple crowns installed in order to support the pontic tooth. Bridges can be made to be removable or fixed, depending on the needs and desires of the patient. If there is not enough structure to make these abutment teeth, dental implants may be suggested, or a set of partial or complete dentures.
Which One Is Right For Me?
The only way to start getting a dental crown or bridge is by making an appointment with Gentle Dental Care. You deserve to have your teeth brought back to their original shine, so don’t hesitate to call us today so we can get to work for you.