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Dental Crowns and Bridges – Upper Kirby, TX

Effective Restorative Solutions for Your Smile

Missing teeth or living with damaged or decayed teeth can make it more difficult to eat and speak normally. Fortunately, dental crowns and bridges can restore the appearance and function of almost any smile. At West U Dental Smiles, we work with patients to develop personalized restorative treatment plans to return their smiles back to their former glory.

Why Choose West U Dental Smiles for Dental Crowns and Bridges?

What is a Dental Crown?

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One of the most common restorative procedures performed by dentists, dental crowns are fixed prosthetic restorations designed to restore a damaged tooth to its original shape, size and function. Made from porcelain, ceramics, metal alloys or other durable materials, dental crowns entirely cover the visible portion of a damaged tooth above the gumline.

Besides strengthening a fractured, decayed or otherwise damaged tooth, dental crowns can also be used to boost the appearance, shape or alignment of an individual tooth.

How Does a Dental Crown Work?

Dental crown

You can think of a crown as a protective cover for the top portion of your tooth – almost like how a helmet protects the top of your head! Constructed from resilient and durable materials, crowns are cemented on top of damaged or decayed teeth to hold them together and keep them from breaking apart. Custom-designed to fit perfectly over a damaged tooth, the crown essentially becomes a part of the tooth and allows you to eat and drink normally without worrying about further damage.

What is a Dental Bridge?

Dental bridge

If you are missing one or several teeth, a dental bridge in Houston may be recommended to fill in the empty space between your remaining natural teeth. Consisting of a false tooth fixed between two crowns, dental bridges “bridge the gap” caused by missing teeth.

Dental bridges – like crowns – are often made from porcelain or ceramics, which can be matched to the color of natural teeth.

How Does a Dental Bridge Work?

Patient with new restorations

Bridges remain in place in the mouth by being cemented to the natural teeth on either side of the gap formed by a missing tooth or teeth. Two crowns are attached atop these healthy adjacent teeth, called abutments, which serve as anchors for the bridge. The false tooth between the crowns, called a pontic, replaces the missing tooth and restores one’s smile.

How Crowns and Bridges Can Benefit Your Smile

Dental crowns and bridges offer a range of benefits, such as:

Improve Aesthetics – Whether you are self-conscious about a discolored tooth or embarrassed by a gap in your teeth, dental crowns and bridges can boost the appearance of your smile.

Prevent Problems – When you are missing a tooth, the remaining natural teeth can slowly shift into the empty space, which in turn can contribute to bite problems. Dental bridges keep your teeth in place while also restoring your ability to eat and speak normally.

Protect Teeth: Crowns can prevent cracked or fragile teeth from further damage.

What is the Treatment Process of Both?

Both dental crowns and dental bridges require several trips to the dentist’s office. During the first visit, your dentist will reshape and contour your tooth or teeth to prepare them for a dental crown. After your dental crown or bridge is custom-made in a dental lab, you will return to the office to have your new restorations permanently affixed in your mouth.

If you are considering a dental bridge or dental crown in Houston, your first step should be to pick up the phone and give us a call at West U Dental Smiles! Dr. Neda Dodig, winner of an Outstanding Prosthodontist Award, will be happy to evaluate your teeth and discuss your personal smile goals.

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