Crown & Bridge – Wharton, TX
Rebuild a Beautiful, Functional Smile
Dental care focuses on prevention to keep your teeth strong and healthy. Unfortunately, even with the best prevention, they can still experience damage. In some cases, they may even fall out. There’s no need to worry. Dr. Tripulas can save your smile with a bridge or dental crown in Wharton. They are two of the most common treatments in restorative dentistry to successfully restore the full form and function of damaged, decayed, or lost teeth.
What is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a custom-made cap placed over the entire surface of a tooth above the gum line. You might be picturing a dark metal restoration, but these are a thing of the past. Now, they are made from all-ceramic material, which allows them to look just like a real tooth. They are made to match the appearance of your natural teeth to blend in when you smile. Although they are metal-free, rest assured they are equally durable. They can last for over a decade with the right care.
Do I Need a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is routinely used to treat a severely damaged tooth to save it from extraction, but it also has preventive and cosmetic benefits as well. Although crowns are common, they are only recommended when there aren’t any other viable treatments because you’ll need to permanently alter your tooth. Dr. Tripulas may recommend a crown depending on your specific needs, such as:
- A large area of decay
- A break or fracture
- After a root canal
- With a dental implant
- Protect a weakened tooth
- Along with a bridge
- Dark tooth discoloration
- An abnormally shaped tooth
What Can I Expect?
Generally, you can expect the process to receive your crown to take two appointments. Your tooth is reshaped, and an impression is taken during your first visit. The impression is needed for the dental lab to create your restoration to meet your specific color, size, and shape needs. This can take a couple of weeks, so you’ll need a temporary crown in the meantime. After the dental lab sends your crown back to our office, you return for your second appointment to have it bonded to your tooth.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A fixed dental bridge is the most common solution to replace 1 to 3 consecutive missing teeth. Prosthetics are created to fill the space of those you’ve lost. The bridge is then secured in place by attaching dental crowns to the adjacent teeth.
Do I Need a Bridge?
Even a single missing tooth can have devastating consequences for your oral health and your quality of life if it’s not replaced. A dental bridge in Wharton can help preserve your smile and restore your ability to chew many foods. This protects your oral and general health from complications associated with tooth loss.
What Can I Expect?
The process to rebuild your smile will take multiple appointments. During your first visit, an impression is taken for the dental lab to craft your bridge. Your teeth are also reshaped, so you’ll need temporary restorations. After your permanent bridge and crowns are ready, you return for your final appointment to have them placed.
If you’re interested in finding out more about dental crowns or fixed bridges, contact our office today for an appointment.