Crowns & Bridges

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University Oaks Dental

Dentist located in Houston, TX

Bridges and crowns permanently fix damaged teeth and fill in spaces when you are missing teeth. Both prosthetic devices get cemented into your mouth by University Oaks Dental at University Oaks Dental in Houston, Texas. Crowns cover damaged teeth and bridges cover empty spaces. To have crowns and bridges fix your smile and help prevent further damage, call or make an appointment online today.

Crowns & Bridges Q & A

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What are Crowns?

Crowns, often referred to as caps, cover teeth and help restore them to their normal shape and size by making the covered teeth stronger and improving their appearance. University Oaks Dental recommends crowns for a number of reasons, including to:

  • Strengthen a tooth with a large filling when not enough remains to hold the filling
  • Protect a weak tooth from breaking
  • Restore a broken tooth
  • Cover discolored or badly shaped teeth
  • Cover dental implants
  • Assist with permanent bridge implantation

What are Bridges?

Bridges help restore your smile when you lose one or more teeth. This is important because when you have missing teeth, your entire bite can become misaligned, causing pain and other issues when talking and eating.

There are two different kinds of bridges: fixed and removable. Both help eliminates chewing and speaking issues associated with missing teeth. Both types of bridges replace missing teeth with artificial teeth made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. The fabricated teeth get attached to your surrounding teeth for support.

Permanent bridges, sometimes referred to as a fixed partial denture, get attached to your jaw under your gum tissue and are only removable by a dentist. However, a removable bridge gets taken out and cleaned daily.

The type of bridge University Oaks Dental will recommend depends on the health of your mouth and your remaining teeth. Therefore, it’s important to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong.

How Do Crowns and Bridges Work Together?

University Oaks Dental recommend both crowns and bridges when the teeth used to anchor your bridge are not strong enough to hold it. When that occurs, the teeth on both sides of the space left by your missing tooth get prepared for crowns and a false tooth joins the two crowns together. Once that procedure is complete, the entire bridge gets cemented into place.

To find out if crowns and bridges are the best solutions for your weak or missing teeth, call or make an appointment online today at University Oaks Dental in Houston, Texas.