If you are missing one or more teeth, crowns and bridges could be a great solution. At Big Country Family Dental, Dr. Jason Mahoney has the skills and experience needed to create customized crowns and bridgework. If you're ready to restore your smile and your confidence, call or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment at the Haskell, Texas, office at your earliest convenience.
Dental crowns are customized "caps" that are used to cover a damaged tooth, or as the visible portion of a dental implant. Crowns are permanently cemented into position, and cannot be removed.
Dental crowns are commonly used to:
Dental bridges are simply artificial teeth used to replace one or more missing natural teeth. Bridges are sometimes secured to your adjacent natural teeth or can be secured to dental implants.
Bridges are usually permanently installed, and are crafted to look and feel like natural teeth. Bridges can be made of ceramic or porcelain, and can be colored to match your natural teeth.
To make the most out of your new crown or bridgework, it's important to maintain proper dental hygiene habits. Brush and floss regularly, and schedule routine exams and cleanings to check for signs of gum disease.
Avoid biting down on hard items, or using your teeth as tools. If you notice any damage, schedule an appointment right away to have your dental work repaired.
The first step is a thorough dental exam to determine if crowns or bridges are the best treatment option. Next, Dr. Mahoney will remove a portion of tooth tissue to allow for the proper placement of your crown.
An impression is made and sent to the dental lab where your crown is crafted. You may be given a temporary crown to wear until your permanent crown arrives.
Next, Dr. Mahoney checks that the new crown offers an ideal fit before cementing it into place. Once installed, your crown or bridge requires the same care as your natural teeth.
Bridgework works in much the same way, but includes an artificial tooth held in position by implants or adjacent teeth. Both crowns and bridges are made to last a long time, but can be damaged and require additional work, just like your natural teeth.
When you're ready to find an effective, appealing, and affordable tooth replacement option, reach out online or over the phone to the Big Country Family Dental office to schedule an appointment.