If you have damaged or missing teeth, Creekside Family Dental can help place crowns & bridges that will look & feel just like your natural teeth. Crowns are a simple way to protect damaged teeth & restore your smile, & bridges can help you replace missing teeth if you don’t want to get dental implants. Our Mansfield, TX office can help you attach both crowns & bridges, & you’ll be stunned by how natural they look & feel.
What Are Crowns?
A crown is a protective covering that is chemically bonded over your damaged or fractured tooth. It is made from an impression of your tooth. This ensures that the crown is the same shape as your natural tooth & helps you chew & speak normally. If your tooth has fractures due to trauma, large cavities or decay, a crown can be placed on the tooth to give it permanent protection.
There are several different types of crowns that are available. For back teeth, you may prefer all-metal crowns, which are the most durable, & patients usually choose ceramic crowns for front teeth because they look more natural.
At Creekside Family Dental, we have a CEREC machine, so we can make digital impressions of your teeth, produce the ceramic crown & attach it in the same day. Ordinarily, you would have to wait weeks for a lab to fabricate the crown, but the CEREC machine makes the process much more convenient. If you prefer a lab-made crown, we can provide those as well.
We also offer Zirconia crowns, which can look even more natural than ceramic crowns & are more durable. Zirconia crowns are a more expensive option compared to standard ceramic crowns. At your next appointment, we can discuss with you all the advantages & disadvantages of the different types of crowns.
What Are Bridges?
Bridges are made of a false tooth that is supported by two crowns. If you are missing a tooth, a bridge is a great way to restore that tooth. We will make an impression of the missing tooth & the two crowns. We can then attach the two crowns to the teeth immediately before & after the missing tooth so that they will safely support the false tooth within the gap.
We can provide metal, porcelain & Zirconia bridges. We can also attach bridges that are supported by dental implants. Implant-supported bridges can protect your mouth from deterioration of bone & slippage of teeth.