Thanks to dental crowns and bridges, it’s possible to address potentially serious oral health problems like severe tooth decay and missing teeth. At The Dental Design Studios, Ivis Hernandez, DDS, uses dental crowns and bridges to transform smiles. To schedule an appointment at the practice in Houston, Texas, call the office or book online.
Dental crowns and bridges are oral restorations that repair damaged, decaying, or missing teeth. Though often mentioned together, they actually perform two separate functions:
Dental crowns cover a severely damaged or decaying tooth. Once placed, they restore a tooth to its near-original shape and size, preventing further problems while preserving your oral health.
Dental bridges are restorations that replace one (or several) missing teeth. Dr. Hernandez offers several types of bridges, including cantilever, traditional, Maryland, and implant-supported. Following an oral exam, she can make recommendations that align with your needs.
At The Dental Design Studios, it takes two appointments to get dental crowns and bridges.
Before recommending a dental crown, Dr. Hernandez conducts an oral exam and takes oral X-rays to determine the extent of the damage or decay. Afterward, she administers a local anesthetic and prepares the tooth by removing weak or infected enamel. Next, Dr. Hernandez takes impressions of your tooth.
She sends your impressions to a dental laboratory that makes a custom crown. About a week later, you return to the office. Dr. Hernandez bonds the new crown on top of your tooth. Then, she polishes your teeth and provides care instructions.
If you’re a candidate for a dental bridge, Dr. Hernandez administers a local anesthetic and prepares the abutment teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. To do this, she removes a thin layer of enamel from the top and sides to support dental crowns or a metal framework.
After preparing your teeth, Dr. Hernandez makes a series of impressions. She sends your impressions to a dental laboratory that crafts a custom bridge. A week later, you return to The Dental Design Studios. Dr. Hernandez lines up your bridge and bonds it in place. Then, she provides you with care instructions.
It’s important to care for dental crowns and bridges like they’re your permanent teeth. Dr. Hernandez recommends brushing and flossing daily and visiting The Dental Design Studios twice a year for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.
To prevent damage to your crown or bridge, avoid bad habits like chewing on ice, nail-biting, or opening objects with your teeth. With proper care and preventive measures, crowns and bridges often last 12-15 years.
If you want to learn more about dental crowns and bridges, make an appointment at The Dental Design Studios. Call the office and speak with a member of the administrative staff or book online today.