Dental Crowns & Bridges – Bullard, Texas
Restore Your Full, Healthy Smile Function
Like most dentists, Tad Morgan, DDS, and his Bullard, TX dental team are focused on preventing oral health concerns. When tooth decay and dental damage does occur, Dr. Morgan and his team are here to help you repair your smile with a variety restorative dentistry options. Dedicated to conservative treatment, we always recommend restoration options that fully repair dental damage while strengthening remaining tooth structures to avoid additional damage or wear. Crowns and bridges are two of the most frequently used restoration options available in most dental offices. If you want to find out more about dental crowns, fixed bridges, or any of our restorative dentistry services, call to schedule an appointment in our Bullard dental office today. We look forward to seeing you soon.
A dental crown is a restoration that we place over the top of a damaged tooth to recreate the damaged portions of teeth and protect the remaining dental structures from additional damage. Crowns can be crafted from a variety of materials, but in most cases, we recommend using quality ceramic dental crowns due to their close-to-natural appearance.
How Dental Crowns are Used
We use dental crowns for a wide variety of restorative treatments, including:
- Repairing dental damage or decay
- Replacing lost dental fillings
- Protecting teeth after root canal therapy
- Perfecting cosmetically flawed or misshapen teeth
- Supporting crown supported fixed bridge tooth replacement
- Replacing a single tooth when attached to a dental implant
Fixed Bridge Tooth Replacement
A fixed bridge is a restoration prosthetic used to replace one or a few consecutive teeth. The replacement tooth or teeth, called pontics, are fused together in a row. Then, dental crowns are placed at both ends of the prosthetic. The dental crowns are attached to healthy teeth on either side of the gap in your teeth, seamlessly recreating the flawless smile.
The Restoration Process
Dental crowns and fixed bridge restoration plans both require two treatment visits in our Bullard dental office. The initial visit is the preparatory and treatment planning appointment. We begin by removing any damaged tooth structure. Then, a small amount of enamel is removed around the outside of the tooth. This makes it possible for the crown to fit over the tooth without creating crowding or changing the shape of the smile. Once teeth are prepared, we capture impressions that are used to design and craft your dental crown or bridge. Next, we place a temporary restoration to protect prepared teeth between appointments. Once we receive the final crown or bridge from our dental lab, you’ll return to our office for the second treatment visit. This appointment is much shorter. We’ll simply remove the temporary. Then, we place the flawless, custom dental crown or bridge.
Caring for Your Crown or Bridge
Once your restoration is completed, proper oral health care is essential to ensure your new crown or bridge stays in place and functional as long as possible. This may include making some changes to the oral hygiene products you use on a daily basis. To avoid excessive dental wear, soft bristled toothbrushes and minimally abrasive toothpastes are essential. You may also want to switch to using a waxed floss or water flosser to avoid pulling around the edges that can dislodge restorations. Other habits that can help you maintain your crown or bridge include the following:
- Avoid using your teeth to open packages
- Use nutcrackers to crack nuts – not your teeth
- Don’t chew on ice, your fingernails, or other hard objects
- Wear sportsguards during athletic events or practices
- Wear nightguards to protect your smile from teeth grinding and clenching