Dental Crowns & Bridges
A bridge is basically just more than one crown at either end of a missing tooth space. Dental bridges can be made to replace one or many teeth in a row. We make them here in the office with our Cerec 3D crown milling technology. The dental bridges are cemented in place just like a crown and do not come out. Dental bridges are an alternative to dental implants for replacing missing teeth.
We have Cerec technology that allows us to fabricate high strength porcelain crowns and bridges in our office in one visit so that our patients do not have to come back for a second visit. Read more about how Cerec reduces the number of appointments and increases convenience for our patients.
Sometimes a filling is not strong enough to restore a tooth or to prevent further damage to a tooth. When this is the case, a dental crown is recommended. There are many different types of crowns such as gold, porcelain fused to gold or all porcelain. We can explain which kind would be the best option for your particular needs.
A tooth can crack with or without symptoms. Often the symptom is sensitivity to biting pressure and sometimes it is hard for the patient to reproduce the pain. When a crack is deep enough in the tooth, it is very important that the tooth has a crown placed. That is the only predictable way to ensure that the crack cannot go deeper in the tooth. A bonded filling can still potentially crack just like the tooth in many cases, see the photo below where the filling and the tooth cracked together.
Notice how the crack in the natural tooth on the right correlates exactly with the crack visible in the filling material. This tooth had to be crowned as it would only get worse. The above photos are some that I took of my patient here in my Victoria, TX dental office.