Dentist in Houston, TX describes the purpose of dental crowns and bridges
At Vivid Dental Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we service patients in the area of Houston, TX and beyond to provide quality care for everyone in the household. Our practice, which also serves areas such as Cypress and Steeple Chase, offers dental restorations for patients who need to repair their smile. This includes dental crowns and dental bridges. The dentist, Dr. Monti Harpalani, is pleased to educate patients on the purpose of these treatments for smile restoration.
What is a dental crown?
Our dentist describes a dental crown as a porcelain “cap” made to cover the natural tooth. It offers an extra layer of protection against damage, especially for teeth that have extremely large fillings, severe breakage, or for teeth that have recently undergone root canal therapy to save a natural tooth from extraction. Weakened teeth may easily break with general chewing and biting forces, and restorations such as dental crowns can extend the longevity of these teeth and allow patients to rest easy knowing their smile is protected. Crowns are made of ceramic which is a biocompatible material with the smile, while also providing a natural appearance.
What is a dental bridge?
Bridges are restorations used when patients need to replace missing teeth. One or more teeth in a row can be addressed with the use of a dental bridge. Bridges are also made of ceramic materials and include dental crowns fused to pontics, or false teeth. The dental crowns are placed over the adjacent teeth to support the bridge and “bridge the gap” caused by the missing tooth or teeth. This restoration is more permanent than a partial denture but less expensive than dental implants.
What is the purpose of restorations such as bridges and crowns?
Both bridges and crowns are used to maintain the functionality and health of the natural smile, while at the same time, improving the appearance. The purpose of bridges and dentures is to replace missing teeth or cover a tooth that may be weak and susceptible to breakage. Restorations such as these are extremely common for our patients.
Am I a candidate for a bridge or crown?
It is best to first evaluate the smile to determine if patients are appropriate candidates for these restorations. Dr. Monti Harpalani of Vivid Dental Family and Cosmetic Dentistry can assess a patient’s oral health and wellness and determine if one of these solutions is best for their specific needs. Each patient has a unique smile and we can develop appropriate treatment plans based on their needs.
What are the benefits of dental crowns?
- Crowns are extremely versatile and can be used in protecting a natural tooth or covering a dental implant to act as a false tooth.
- Crowns are an economical solution.
- Crowns are made of ceramic that looks completely natural, mimicking the appearance of tooth enamel.
- Crowns are easy to care for, and we encourage patients to maintain their routine dental evaluations to monitor for decay or periodontal disease, which can still affect the tooth.
- Crowns are fused to pontics to create dental bridges, another restoration commonly used in our practice.
- Crowns are often covered in part or in full by dental insurance policies, making them affordable for children and adults.
- Crowns can last many years with proper care from the patient and dentist.
- Crowns are very strong, as they are fabricated out of material that can withstand chewing and biting forces.
There are many reasons patients may choose to move forward with the placement of a dental crown at Vivid Dental Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.
Visit Vivid Dental Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to learn more today!
Dental crowns and bridges play a vital role in restorative dentistry and may be the right option for you or your family member. We encourage patients in the Houston, TX area who are interested in quality, comprehensive dental care for the entire family to book an appointment with Dr. Monti Harpalani and his team today! Our practice is conveniently located at 11560 FM 1960 West in Suite #200, and can be reached for appointment scheduling at (281) 809 4902 today.