Crowns and Bridges
Some forms of dental restoration have been around for many years and with good reason – they work! Crowns and bridges are two great examples. Both of these types of restorations have been used by dentists for generations. A crown can be used to repair a damaged tooth when a filling won’t work, but crowns are also used in other dental appliances – such as dental implants and bridges – to replace missing teeth. Dr. Jovanovic offers same day crowns and bridges to her patients from throughout The Woodlands, Conroe, Willis, and Spring, Texas area.
What You Should Know about Crowns
Crowns (also known as “caps”) are dental restorations the cover the entire surface of a tooth, from the top right down to the gum line. As we mentioned before, a crown can be a great way to repair a badly damaged tooth, but these restorations are also used in other tooth-replacing appliances, such as bridges and implants, for example. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, although metal and porcelain crowns are the most common. Metal crowns are the strongest, so they are usually the best choice for molars in the back of the mouth that are most often used for chewing food. Porcelain crowns – which can be created to very closely match to shade of the patient’s natural teeth – are typically chosen for teeth in the front of the mouth that are visible when the patient smiles.
Dr. Jovanovic would like to remind her patients that we employ state-of-the-art CEREC technology, which allows us to create a custom-made crown and place it in a single visit to our office! Patients used to have to wait between 10 and 14 days for a permanent crown, but those days are gone thanks to this remarkable technology
What You Should Know about Bridges
A dental bridge consists of one or more crowns mounted onto a metal frame with brackets on either end. Those brackets attach to the patient’s natural adjacent teeth. Bridges can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. Generally speaking, bridges come in two styles: removable and “fixed” (i.e., not removable). Although many dentists offer both types of bridges, most patients prefer a fixed bridge because it requires no special cleaning and usually makes it possible for the patient to enjoy whatever foods they normally would.
What You Should Know about Missing Teeth
As we mentioned above, bridges and dental implants are both excellent ways to replace missing teeth. Dr. Jovanovic would like to remind her patients that they should always try to find a replacement for missing teeth as soon as possible. Even missing just a single tooth can lead to uneven wear on your other teeth, throw your bite off, and even affect your ability to eat certain foods and speak clearly.
Contact Our Office Today
To find out more information about crowns and bridges, contact our office today. We are pleased to serve patients from throughout The Woodlands, Conroe, Willis, and Spring, Texas area.