Nearly 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Losing even a single tooth changes the entire dynamics of your mouth and may cause your teeth to shift and further tooth loss. With a focus on preventive dental care, Leila Rad, DMD, at Dentique in Austin, Texas, offers crowns and bridges to replace your missing teeth or restore your smile, and prevent further oral health complications. To schedule an appointment, contact the office by phone or online today.
Crowns and bridges are permanent dental prosthetics used to fix or replace your natural teeth. Unlike dentures, crowns and bridges are cemented into place and look and function like your natural teeth.
Crowns restore a natural tooth or may replace a single tooth, while a bridge fills in the gap for a missing tooth.
At Dentique, Dr. Rad explains in detail why you would benefit from the placement of a crown during your dental appointment. Dental crowns, also called caps, cover your tooth and have many uses, such as:
Crowns also serve as anchors for bridges.
The placement of your crown depends on the reason you need a crown. Dr. Rad reviews the details of your treatment plan, so you know what to expect. In most cases, you may need at least two visits to the office for placement. She also discusses the type of crown material best suited to meet your needs, which include:
During your first visit, Dr. Rad shapes your natural tooth to make room for your dental crown and then takes a mold of the shaped tooth, which the dental lab uses to create your permanent crown. She then places a temporary crown over your shaped tooth for protection.
Once your permanent crown is ready, Dr. Rad has you return to the office for placement. She first removes your temporary crown, cleans your tooth, and cements the permanent crown into place. She may need to shape the crown once it’s in your mouth to improve the comfort and alignment of your bite.
For dental implant restoration, Dr. Rad attaches the crown to the abutment.
Dr. Rad may recommend a bridge if you’re missing a tooth. The purpose of the bridge is to fill in the gap of a missing tooth. There are four types of bridges:
Traditional bridges are the most popular dental bridge, which anchor in place with dental crowns on each side of your missing teeth.
Cantilever bridges are for when you only need one crown to secure your bridge.
Maryland bonded bridges are the least invasive dental bridge option because they don’t require alterations of your natural tooth for a crown anchor. Dr. Rad uses a metal framework to keep the dental bridge in place.
With an implant-supported bridge, Dr. Rad uses dental implants, which are prosthetic tooth roots, to keep your bridge in place.
The type of bridge best suited for you depends on your overall oral health and the location of your missing tooth.
To learn more about crowns and bridges for replacing your missing teeth, call Dentique, or book an appointment online today.