Weakened teeth and large gaps in your smile can make chewing difficult. At Swinney Morton Dental in Tyler, Texas, Kayla Morton, DDS, and Trey Swinney, DDS, can restore your smile with a dental crown or bridge. Not only do these restorations close the gaps left behind by missing teeth, but they also allow you to chew comfortably again. For more information on your restoration options, call Swinney Morton Dental or book an appointment online today.
A dental crown is a prosthetic cap that fits perfectly over a damaged or decayed tooth to improve its shape, size, and function while also protecting the tooth from further damage. A dental crown may be recommended if you have a:
A crown may also be recommended if you have undergone root canal therapy in order to protect the restored tooth. Swinney Morton Dental offers porcelain and zirconia crowns that look and feel like healthy, natural teeth.
Before your dental crown is created, your dentist will take X-rays and scans to plan your individualized treatment. Next, your dentist removes some of your damaged tooth’s outer layer to make room for the new crown. An impression must then be made to serve as a model for the crown. The fabrication process takes about two weeks, during which time you will be fitted for a temporary crown.
At your next appointment, a Swinney Morton Dental dentist removes the temporary crown and fits you for your permanent crown. Once the proper adjustments are made, your new crown looks and feels exactly like your natural teeth.
Much like an architectural bridge, a dental bridge is designed to add support and close gaps in your smile. If you have a missing tooth, a bridge uses your neighboring teeth, called abutments, to create structure and support for your new prosthetic tooth, or pontic. This restoration fills the gap left behind by your missing tooth, repairs your bite, and helps hold together the natural shape of your face.
After taking the necessary X-rays and scans, your dentist prepares your abutment teeth by removing part of their outer layers. This helps make enough room for your bridge and artificial tooth. Next, impressions of your teeth are made to serve as models for your bridge. Since the fabrication process takes approximately two weeks, you must be fitted for a temporary bridge.
Your temporary bridge is removed at your next appointment, during which time your dentist secures your artificial tooth into place and fits your abutment teeth with dental crowns to hold the structure together securely. Once the bridge is cemented into place, your bite will be fully restored.
Over time, a missing tooth can cause a wide range of dental problems, including shifting your existing teeth and changing your bite. To learn more about your options, call Swinney Morton Dental or book an appointment online today.