Missing or damaged teeth can open the door to a host of other dental problems when untreated. At Fort Worth Dental Care PLLC in Fort Worth, Texas, general and cosmetic dentist Stephen Brogdon, DDS, restores teeth with crowns and bridges. If you need to fix a missing, broken, or otherwise damaged tooth, call Fort Worth Dental Care PLLC or book an appointment online today.
Dr. Brogdon uses dental crowns and bridges to restore or replace damaged or missing teeth. Although they perform similar functions, crowns and bridges are different types of dental restorations with a few fundamental differences.
Crowns cover the visible surface of your tooth to restore any damage above your gum line. If your tooth is damaged, but the root is healthy, Dr. Brogdon may restore it with a crown.
Bridges fill the space left by a missing tooth. As the name suggests, a bridge uses the two surrounding healthy teeth on either side of the gap for support. Dr. Brogdon designs the replacement tooth to look and feel just like the one you lost.
Dr. Brogdon may recommend a crown when your tooth is damaged or too weak to tolerate a regular filling. He also commonly uses crowns to finish a root canal or cover a tooth that’s too rotted to restore with a filling.
Situations that may require a dental crown include:
Missing even one tooth can have detrimental effects on the condition of your mouth. The space may cause the remaining teeth to shift, which negatively affects your bite. Eventually, these misaligned teeth can lead to jaw bone deterioration and gum disease.
A bridge is a realistic-looking tooth replacement that enhances your dental health and the appearance of your smile.
A bridge or crown procedure requires at least two visits. At your first appointment, Dr. Brogdon makes a dental impression, which he sends to the lab to fabricate your crown or bridge.
Dr. Brogdon offers dental restorations made of the following materials:
If you need a crown, Dr. Brogdon shapes your tooth to accept the crown and places a temporary cap over the tooth while your permanent crown is made.
At your second visit, Dr. Brogdon places the crown or bridge securely in your mouth.
If you have a missing or severely damaged tooth, call Fort Worth Dental Care PLLC or book an appointment online today.