Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges are cosmetic dental procedures used to enhance the appearance of a person's smile. Crowns are used to restore a tooth that has been damaged in some way, and bridges are used to fill in gaps between teeth. We are experienced in both these services at Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry.
Crowns: The Procedure
Crowns are used to restore the shape and appearance of a tooth. Having a crown fitted is a fairly simple procedure, which involves placing a cap over the damaged tooth. The first step in the procedure involves the dentist preparing your tooth. They will the numb the tooth and gum, and then remove any areas of the tooth that need to be removed for the crown, or if there is any tooth decay, the tooth will be filled.
Our dentist will then take an impression of the prepared tooth, so they can have the crown made to fit. You will then leave our Austin office, with a temporary crown in place, and return when your crown is ready. Once you return the crown will then be placed over the tooth, and it will be sealed.
The Benefits of Crowns
If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, a simple crown can:
- Restore your tooth
- Give you a more attractive smile
- Help to stop future tooth decay and erosion
- Last between ten to fifteen years
Candidates for a Crown
Crowns are suitable for those with a cracked tooth, a chipped tooth, for those with a discolored tooth and for those unhappy with the shape of a tooth. They are also suitable for those who need protection on their tooth as it has decayed or if there is a large filling. Additionally, they are also used to attach a bridge to.
Bridges are suitable for those who have a missing tooth, or missing teeth from a tooth removal. Bridges are used to fill in the gaps between missing teeth. The procedure usually involves two visits to your dentist. One to prepare the teeth and one to have the bridge and crowns fitted. For traditional bridges, two crowns, called the abutment teeth, will be fitted. The false tooth or teeth will then be anchored to the abutment teeth.
Crowns and bridges are fairly simple, pain-free procedures that can restore your smile. Contact us today because these procedures are performed by highly skilled dentists at the Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry.