As part of our cosmetic dentistry services, For You Dental in Dallas, Texas, offers dental crowns and bridges to our patients.
Dental crowns refer to a “cap” that is permanently placed on the remaining part of the tooth to restore its normal shape, size and appearance. It’s a form of artificial restoration used to repair the structure and functionality of a damaged tooth.
Types of Dental Crowns
The type of dental crowns given to patients varies depending on the materials used. However, there are three predominant choices when it comes to dental crowns: porcelain or ceramic, metal and porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns.
Porcelain or ceramic crowns – These are the most esthetically pleasing form of dental crowns because the color can be matched to the natural color of the patient’s teeth, providing a natural-looking dental crown. This is also ideal for patients with metal allergies or sensitivities.
Metal crowns – These are the most durable type of dental crowns. They are made of gold, silver or other kinds of dental alloys. They don’t chip or break and they can withstand chewing and biting forces so they last for a longer period of time.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns – This type of dental crown provides both strength and esthetics. It also won’t easily chip or break so it is both strong and durable.
Most patients would choose porcelain or ceramic crown because of its versatility and aesthetic functions. If you want to have a natural-looking and durable dental crown, visit For You Dental and avail of this cosmetic dentistry service.
When do you need a dental crown?
Dr. Drakeford would typically recommend a dental crown procedure for you to:
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a discolored or poorly-shaped tooth
- Cover a dental implant
- Restore the structure of a chipped, cracked or damaged tooth
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing and further damage
- Hold together the parts of a cracked tooth
- Replace a large filling when there’s only a little part of the tooth remaining
- Make a cosmetic modification of the appearance of your tooth
If you have any of the following conditions or problems, you can always visit For You Dental in Dallas, TX, to get a dental crown. If you’re also wondering if dental crowns are the right cosmetic dentistry option for you, Dr. Drakeford can perform a dental examination to determine your candidacy for dental crowns or recommend the best procedure for you.
Dental bridges are often a great alternative to dentures when it comes to replacing missing teeth. This refers to a dental prosthesis that literally bridges the gap between one or more missing teeth. It is made up of two abutment teeth (dental crowns on either side of the gap that serves as the anchoring teeth) and pontics or artificial teeth in between to close the gap. For esthetic considerations, dental bridges are usually made of porcelain bonded to a metal, though there are some also that are made of gold or silver amalgam.
Who are good candidates for dental bridges?
Just because you have missing teeth does not mean that you are already a good candidate for dental bridges. It is also important to determine if you have strong and healthy teeth on either side of the gap since these teeth will act as anchors for the artificial teeth. If the teeth on either side of the gap are not healthy or have already undergone root canal therapy in the past, Dr. Drakeford would most likely recommend other treatment options for you besides dental bridges.
To know if you have healthy teeth, it is important for you to visit For You Dental in Dallas, TX. Dr. Drakeford will first examine your teeth to determine if you’re eligible for dental bridges. In the event that you’re not a good candidate for dental bridges, you need not worry as modern dentistry practiced by For You Dental offers a variety of other excellent solutions for your missing teeth like dental implants.