Whether it is a single tool or a full mouth restoration, Alamo Ranch Dental Care can help you restore your smile while improving the function of your teeth with dental crowns or bridges. We utilize advanced technology with quality dental crowns and bridges that produce the best results you can be proud of through our general dentistry services in San Antonio, TX.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown or is a covering that fits over a damaged, decayed or unattractive tooth. It can replace a tooth entirely as part of dental bridgework. A crown covers a tooth above your gum line. If you are missing a tooth above the gum line, a crown may be your best option for fulling restoring the missing the tooth.
The Crowning Procedure
Crowning a tooth takes two to three visits.
On your first visit, we will prepare your tooth to receive its new crown. First, we will shape it to fit inside the new covering. This will involve some drilling to give the tooth a uniform shape. We will numb the tooth and the surrounding area beforehand.
After we prepare the tooth, we will take impressions of your teeth, either digitally or with solid, putty-like impression materials, and send them to the dental laboratory. There, the technician will use the impressions to make models of your teeth for the creation of a crown. They will ensure that your new crown will enhance your smile and function.
On your second visit, we will attach your permanent to your tooth with either a resin that hardens when exposed to a unique light source, or a type of permanent cement.
Creating a Bridge
If your entire tooth is missing, we can use a bridge to replace the tooth. Dental bridges in San Antonio Texas spans the space of the missing tooth and requires at least three crowns.
We will place two of those crowns over healthy teeth (abutment teeth) on either side of the missing tooth. The two crowned abutment teeth become supports for a third crown (pontic) placed in between them. If more than one tooth is missing, more crowns will be needed to bridge the gap in between the abutment teeth.
What Are the Benefits of a Dental Crown?
Crowns strengthen damaged teeth, allowing them to function normally again. When crafted from porcelain (dental ceramics), crowns are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. They can improve your tooth’s original appearance.
Types of Dental Crowns We Offer
There are other materials besides porcelain that we can use to make dental crowns in San Antonio Texas such as:
- Cast gold is extremely durable but not always aesthetically pleasing
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns have a metal interior for strength and a porcelain exterior for a more natural appearance
- All-porcelain crowns contain the most durable ceramic.
- We can discuss the pros and cons of each option so that you can decide which type of crown is best for you.
Schedule a Dental Crowns and Bridges Appointment Today
If you would like to know more about dental crowns and bridges, the contact Alamo Ranch Dental Care today. You can schedule an exam and a consultation with one of our specialists to find out what dental solution is best for you. Call us today at 855.600.3871. We are here to help you restore your smile!