Crowns

Short haired blonde woman smiling and pointing at her teeth after crowns were placed over damaged teethDental Crowns to Fix Unsightly Problems and Tooth Aches

Many of us will chip a tooth or even lose one over the course of our lifetime. Though our teeth are strong, they are not indestructible, and sometimes we have to use artificial or synthetic materials to keep them strong, healthy, and looking good. Some of the most common kinds of cosmetic dentistry include crowns, bridges, veneers, and dentures. If you need any of these cosmetic procedures, we conduct a variety of cosmetic procedures at our El Paso office so that you can take care of all of your dental needs in one place.

Dental Crowns

A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that a dentist places over the problematic tooth. This cap restores size, shape, and strength. When applied, the crown covers the entire visible portion of the tooth. Dentists use crowns in several instances. Often a crown is used to protect a weak tooth from decay, to restore a broken tooth, or to cover a tooth with a large filling. A large filling can cause a tooth to be weak or prone to cracking. If a tooth with a large filling shows signs of cracking or fracturing, a dentist may decide to replace it with a crown.

Dentists often apply crowns to hold a dental bridge in place, cover a dental implant, or make a cosmetic modification. They also help with root canals. Dental crowns are made from several different materials. They usually match the natural appearance of the tooth perfectly. Most people will not notice a difference. Often times they are made out of metal, porcelain, ceramic, or resin.

Patients will sometimes ask if they really need a crown. If a patient has a cracked, painful tooth, a crown will not only make the tooth look better, but also help resolve the problem. Some patients ask for a filling instead, however getting a filling doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t need a crown later down the road. Fillings simply don’t offer the protection that crowns do. If the filling is large, it could cause the tooth to crack.

Bridges

In some cases, one might lose a tooth or need to have a tooth extracted. Dentists often apply a dental bridge to “bridge” a gap between teeth. A bridge consists of a crown for the two adjacent teeth and a false tooth in between. Bridges serve several purposes. They can be used to keep teeth from drifting out of position or to properly distribute a person’s bite force. They also restore the appearance of one’s smile and make it more comfortable to speak and chew.

If you need a crown or bridge, our dentist and dedicated staff can help. Contact our El Paso office today to set up an appointment.