Crowns And Bridges Specialist

Lifetime Dental Care -  - Cosmetic & General Dentistry

Lifetime Dental Care

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Katy, TX

Damaged or missing teeth can detract from your smile and negatively impact your oral health. If you want to restore a tooth or replace a tooth that’s missing entirely, you need a crown or bridge! At Lifetime Dental Care, W. Garry Waldrop, DDS, and the team provide state-of-the-art crowns and bridges to make your smile as beautiful as it is healthy. To learn more, schedule a consultation today by calling the Katy, Texas, office or booking online.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What is a crown?

A crown is an artificial tooth cap that’s permanently affixed to an existing root structure, like an existing tooth root or a dental implant. A crown covers up the entirety of your tooth that sticks up out of the gumline, effectively replacing the top part of your tooth.

Lifetime Dental Care offers CEREC® same-day crowns, which means that you can have your crown prepared and placed all in a single office visit.

Why would I need a crown?

A crown can serve a variety of purposes, such as:

  • Restoring a tooth that’s suffered significant decay
  • Replacing a tooth that’s unsightly or misshapen
  • Reinforcing a tooth that’s been broken
  • Capping off a dental implant

Crowns are also typically placed after a dental implant to restore the strength and structure of your tooth.

What is a bridge?

A bridge is a prosthetic device that replaces a tooth that’s missing entirely. It’s made up of an artificial tooth (called a “pontic”) with a crown attached on either side. The crowns are affixed to the natural teeth next to your missing tooth, effectively “bridging” the space between teeth.

If your neighboring teeth can’t support a crown, you can get an alternative bridge. A cantilever bridge has a crown attached to only one side of the pontic, while a Maryland bonded bridge uses a metal framework that’s permanently sealed to the back of your neighboring teeth.

Why would I need a bridge?

By filling in the missing spaces in your smile, bridges have a number of benefits, including:

  • Improving your ability to eat and speak
  • Enhancing your appearance by restoring your smile
  • Preventing your remaining teeth from shifting out of alignment
  • Maintaining the shape of your face and smile

A bridge also redistributes the force in your bite so that it’s more evenly spread out amongst your teeth. This prevents excessive wear and tear on your teeth, and helps to keep you from developing TMJ disorder.

What are crowns and bridges made out of?

There are a wide variety of materials that are used to make crowns and bridges, including:

  • Porcelain or ceramic
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal
  • Silver amalgam
  • Cast gold

Each material has different advantages, depending on where in your mouth your crown or bridge is going to be. Lifetime Dental Care can help you select a material that’s best suited for your particular needs, preferences, and budget.

To learn more about how Lifetime Dental Care can improve your smile with crowns and bridges, call the office or book a visit online today.