Patients with damaged or missing teeth are at an increased risk for cavities, gum disease, and decay. To help restore your oral health and tooth-filled smile, your Smile Artist Dentistry in Houston offers several restorative treatment options. Both dental crowns, implants and bridges will improve mouth function and the aesthetic appearance of your gums and teeth for many years.
A porcelain crown is a good option to fix a chipped or cracked tooth. For a tooth or teeth that are completely missing, Houston dentists recommended a bridge. Similar to crowns, bridges are being used less frequently as dental implants grow in popularity. However, sometimes a bridge is the best and most cost efficient solution for restoring function and an attractive smile after losing one or more teeth.
The process of constructing and fitting a bridge requires two visits to the Smile Artist Dentistry clinic in Houston. The tooth reduction procedure involves the remolding of the tooth to a shape similar to a thimble, preparing it for the tooth-colored crown portion of the bridge.
Next, your Houston dentist will make an impression of the re-shaped teeth. A temporary bridge is created and put in place while the final piece is being made. The impression is sent to a lab where the custom made bridge is constructed. The temporary bridge is replaced by the final bridge during the second dentist visit when it is cemented into place.
A bridge requires a crown be placed on the teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth. These supporting teeth are attached to the crown that replaces the misses tooth. Dental bridges are very durable and can last a very long time. The porcelain crowns, shaded to match the existing teeth, provide a very natural looking, virtually undetectable bridge. At Smile Artist Dentistry we are here to help restore normal chewing and speaking ability and enhance your natural-looking, radiant smile.
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