Restoring your teeth to their full function promotes healthy chewing, speech patterns, and can improve your self-esteem. At Miracle Smile Dental in Aubrey, Texas, Nisha Modi, DMD, offers custom crowns and bridges for patients with broken, misshapen, or missing teeth. Dr. Modi places these prosthetic appliances to improve the appearance and function of your teeth. To learn more about crowns and bridges, call Miracle Smile Dental or schedule an appointment online today.
Crowns and bridges are custom-made prosthetics that Dr. Modi places to restore damaged, decayed, or missing teeth. These prosthetics enhance the appearance and function of your teeth in as little as two visits.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that fit over the visible part of your tooth, called the crown. A dental crown rebuilds the shape and size of a damaged or decayed tooth, while also improving its color and overall appearance.
A bridge is an appliance that replaces one or more missing teeth. The most common type — a traditional bridge — consists of two crowns with an artificial tooth in the center. The two crowns fit over your surrounding teeth to hold the artificial replacement securely in place.
While a bridge specifically replaces missing teeth, Dr. Modi may recommend crowns to:
A crown is also a durable alternative to a large filling. Crowns are more likely to seal out bacteria and protect a weak tooth from damage than fillings.
Crowns and bridges take at least two visits to place. During your first appointment, Dr. Modi performs a dental exam, teeth cleaning, and discusses your crown material options. While there are many different crown materials available, porcelain and porcelain-fused-to-metal are two of the most popular options.
After completing your exam, Dr. Modi prepares your tooth for a crown by filing and reshaping it. Preparing your tooth is essential to ensure the crown blends in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth. Finally, Dr. Modi takes impressions of your teeth to create your custom-made crown and places temporary restorations.
The crown creation process takes about 2-3 weeks. When you return to the office, Dr. Modi removes your temporary crowns and places the permanent restorations. She makes any necessary adjustments before cementing the crown in place.
Crowns and bridges can last for 10-15 years or more* with proper care. To protect your restorations, you should:
To learn more about crowns and bridges, call Miracle Smile Dental or schedule an appointment online today.
*Individual results may vary