General Dentists & Comprehensive, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry located in Austin, TX
Faulty or missing teeth aren’t just isolated issues. They can leave you at risk for more broken teeth and tooth loss. At Myers Dental on Spicewood Springs Road in Austin, Texas, the team fabricates custom crowns and bridges to replace or strengthen your at-risk teeth. To learn more about crowns and bridges from the expert dental team, call Myers Dental or schedule an appointment online today.
Crowns and Bridges Q & A
How are crowns and bridges different?
Dental crowns and bridges are both restorative dental devices available from the friendly team at Myers Dental. While they have some similarities, crowns and bridges are different appliances and serve different purposes.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped cases that fit over prepared natural teeth or dental implants. If a tooth is excessively decayed, broken, or gone, a crown is a great way to add structure to your smile and strengthen the remaining tooth if it’s still there.
Bridges are made to replace up to three missing teeth next to each other. They attach to healthy nearby teeth with either crowns or metal frameworks and consist of false teeth, known as pontics, to fill the gap.
What are crowns and bridges made of?
Bridges are almost always made of tooth-colored ceramic material. The team at Myers Dental makes sure the material for your bridge matches the color of your natural teeth around it.
Contrarily, the team can select from several different materials to make crowns. In most cases, you can choose which is used for your crown. Not all of them blend in with your natural teeth, but metal crowns are often stronger and can hold up to the strength of your bite forces. Available materials include:
- Porcelain fused to metal
- Ceramic fused to metal
During your consultation, the team helps you review the benefits and drawbacks of each available material for your crown. The choices might depend on the positioning of the tooth in your mouth: Metals are better for back teeth, while tooth-colored materials are preferable for the front, visible incisors.
What are the benefits of getting crowns or bridges?
Restoring your smile with crowns or bridges is highly preferable over losing a tooth entirely or constantly tiptoeing around an at-risk tooth to avoid damage. The benefits of crowns and bridges include:
- Distributing your bite forces
- Helping you speak clearly
- Chewing efficiently
- Preventing bacteria accumulation
- Restoring the shape of your face
The team helps you decide which restorative option is the better choice for your case. If your appliance breaks or comes loose, don’t hesitate to visit Myers Dental for a prompt repair or replacement.
If you’re interested in crowns or bridges to improve an imperfect smile, call Myers Dental or book an appointment online today.