Crown & Bridge in Denton
A dental crown is a device that Dr. Dunson uses to repair a tooth that has sustained damage because of decay or injury. Although the tooth may be too weak to support a filling, it is still salvageable with a crown. A dental bridge is used when a tooth is missing. In this case, a false tooth is suspended across the space where there is tooth loss in order to fill the gap in your smile. In Denton, dental crowns are used by Dr. Dunson at Southridge Dental on their own or in conjunction with a bridge to restore a complete and healthy smile.
Dental Crown in Denton
A dental crown, which is also commonly referred to as a dental cap, is often the treatment of choice in instances when a tooth has a very large cavity; there is a crack or break in a tooth threatening the integrity and longevity of the tooth; a tooth has been repaired with a root canal and needs added strength and protection; or a tooth is severely chipped and at risk for further damage just from normal wear and tear.
Most dental crowns today are made from dental porcelain, which not only accurately replicates the appearance of a natural tooth, but also is strong and durable. Dr. Dunson will make sure your crown fits well over your tooth, taking care that all of the cusps and grooves look, feel and fit naturally. Once in place, a dental crown is cared for similarly to your natural teeth with regular brushing and flossing.
Dental Bridge in Denton
If you are missing a tooth—or two or three teeth consecutively—then Dr. Dunson can combine the security of a dental crown with the natural appearance of dental bridge to replace your teeth. In this case, Dr. Dunson places crowns on the teeth situated on either side of the gap in your smile. In turn, the false teeth (also called pontics) that comprise the bridge are connected to the crowns. Once the crowns are seated, the entire prosthetic serves to comfortably and aesthetically replace your missing teeth. With crown and bridge, Denton patients of Dr. Dunson can once again enjoy the ability to smile confidently and eat a full and balanced diet.
To care for your crown and bridge, you will need to carefully floss between the bridge and underlying gum tissue in order to avoid periodontal disease. Dr. Dunson will give you a special floss threader to help with this important hygiene step.
Don’t let tooth loss come between you and your smile any longer. To learn more about crown and bridge therapy, call Southridge Dental in Denton, TX, today.