Crowns and Bridges
One way the Heritage Dentistry team saves natural teeth is by replacing part of the tooth. Decay or accidents can remove the top of your tooth exposing your inner blood vessels to bacteria. If untreated, this could lead to infect. To protect your body and blood vessels, Dr. Skousen and his team can place a crown or a bridge over a decayed, broken, or chipped tooth. Bridges and crowns can also be used as prosthetics to replace missing teeth.
Although similar, a fixed bridge or crowns do differ slightly. A crown is placed on top of a natural or prosthetic root. In the example above, if you are missing part or all of the top of your tooth, placing a crown over the root can protect it. Restoring a broken or missing teeth with a crown will improve the functionality and look of your smile. A crown can also be used with a prosthetic root, for example, in a dental implant. In this case, the crown is screwed on top of the prosthetic metal root that is secured in your jaw bone. The best part is that crowns are shaped and colored to match the appearance of your natural teeth.
Instead of being secured to a root under the tooth, a bridge is secured to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. Bridges can replace one or more missing teeth in a row. If left untreated, multiple missing teeth in a row can allow your teeth to shift. This can cause alignment issues, changes to the appearance to your smile, and even cause TMJ problems. Replacing a missing tooth right away is vital to maintaining the function and appearance of your smile.
Other Ways To Replace A Tooth
If you need to replace a missing, broken, or decayed tooth, Dr. Skousen may recommend options other than crowns or bridges. If you have enough jaw bone to hold a metal root, Heritage Dentistry may discuss the option of a dental implant. Another option is a partial denture. These are able to be removed at night, giving your gums a chance to relax while you sleep.
The specific tooth restoration that you choosing is based on your needs and lifestyle. The most important point is that if you have a dental concern, visit Heritage Dentistry right away to discuss possible treatment options. Our goal is to help you maintain the beautiful, healthy smile of your dreams. For more information about crowns and bridges or to request an appointment, call Heritage Dentistry at our Frisco, Texas office at 469-535-6516.