There’s an old axiom that goes: “Don’t just add years to your life; add life to your years.” In a nutshell, this means that your quality-of-life takes precedence over just mere existence. Thus, if you’ve been living with a badly worn or missing tooth, then the time has come to take action so you can have your oral health restored to normal. As you continue reading, learn about two restoration options: the placement of a dental crown in Highland Village or a dental bridge.
What is a Dental Crown?
The crown of your tooth is the part that is visible above the gum line. Over the years, it endures a lot of wear-and-tear from the foods, beverages and digestive juices that it’s constantly bombarded with. In some cases, this can leave a tooth with the following issues:
- Large cavities
- Breaks or other damage
- Structural weakness
- Improper alignment
- Diminished material or discoloration
For such situations, a custom-crafted, tooth colored porcelain crown can be added. Your dentist will start the process by shaping the existing tooth so that the new crown can fit symmetrically into your smile line. Then, he or she will coat the tooth so the crown can be permanently bonded into position.
The Purpose of a Dental Bridge
While the cap-like structure of a dental crown is great for fixing an existing tooth, a different approach must be taken when a tooth is missing. A dental bridge in Highland Village consists of three crowns: one to replace the missing tooth and the other two to fit over the adjacent teeth.
So you’ll have a natural looking smile, your dentist will slightly alter the surrounding teeth so that the new crowns (also referred to as abutments) will fit perfectly. The replacement crown will then be added to fill in the gap in your smile. Your dentist will then use dental cement to bond the tooth to the abutments, leaving your smile fully restored.
What You Stand to Gain from a Dental Crown or Bridge
When you’re gathering with family or friends, the last thing you want is to draw any negative attention to your smile. Furthermore, you don’t want any interruptions in your typical diet or lifestyle. By having a worn or missing tooth restored with a dental crown or bridge, you can regain your complete dental functionality and finally feel comfortable with showing your smile!
About the Author
Dr. Ryan Thomas earned his dental degree from New York University School of Dentistry. His educational background includes advanced training from the Rosenthal Center for Esthetic Dentistry. To further ensure that he can provide the best care to his patients, Dr. Thomas takes over 200 hours of continuing education annually. He rejuvenates smiles and elevates his patients’ quality of life by placing dental crowns and bridges at Highland Village Family Dentistry, and he can be reached for more information through his website.