Dental Crowns and Bridges in Houston, Texas
Crowns and Caps
When treating a cavity we will remove the decayed portion of your tooth and fill it with a substance of the same color. If your cavity is too large for a filling, your tooth is cracked or you are missing a tooth, we also offer crowns and caps. These are usually made of material like porcelain and are placed on top of your tooth to restore its function and appearance while preventing further complications.
A dental bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, is a nonremovable appliance used to replace missing teeth. These appliances can restore the natural contour of your teeth and return your proper bite. There are several types of bridges. The traditional bridge is the most popular type and is commonly made of porcelain fused to metal. Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years.
Generally, getting a bridge requires two or more visits. You will receive care instructions after each visit. Proper dental care, which entails following these procedures and regular checkups, will help to prevent future complications.
Your First Visit
While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel. Next, a highly accurate impression is made, which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn until your next appointment.
Your Second Appointment
At the second visit, your final bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally, your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later appointment.