A crown, also known as a cap, is designed to protect and cover a damaged tooth. It encases the whole tooth, restoring its natural shape and color. A crown is needed when the damage to a tooth is too extensive to be repaired with a dental filling. A crown can help prevent a tooth from further fracture.
Indications for a crown include:
- Extensive decay
- A tooth with large fillings and a new cavity
- Root Canal treatment
- A broken, fractured or chipped tooth
- Cosmetic improvement (color and shape)
Bridges are used to connect a gap between teeth and can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. Most often a bridge attaches to two teeth on each side of the space where a tooth is missing. Similar to crowns, bridges are cemented on the teeth – unlike partial or full dentures, so you will not have to remove them. A bridge can prevent your teeth from shifting and can restore the ability to properly speak and chew.
Crowns and bridges last a long time; however, they may need to be replaced when indicated. Poor brushing and flossing habits can lead to premature failure due to gum disease or cavities developing under the existing crown or bridge.
A variety of materials can be used to make crowns and bridges. We offer all-porcelain, porcelain/metal, zirconia and full gold crowns/ bridges. Typically, porcelain or zirconia are popular due to their close resemblance to natural teeth. Our staff will help you to choose the right color for your crown/bridge.
To learn more about the right choice for your needs, contact Irving Dental at (972) 587-9277 and schedule an appointment for a consultation.