Restoring Lost and Damaged Teeth With Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges in San Antonio, TX
There are a very large number of reasons for tooth damage and loss, from trauma to decay. No matter how one of your teeth is damaged or destroyed, you don’t want to go on with what could be painful or potentially risky to other teeth! At Advanced Dental Associates, your trusted San Antonio, TX dentist can offer lifelike, effective, and convenient tooth replacement and repair with dental crowns and dental bridges!
Both crowns and bridges are tried and true dental restorations and have been in use for decades. As technology has developed, so have crowns and bridges, making the current generation of restorations far superior to those of the past. All the crowns and bridges we offer are completely metal free, meaning they look more natural, bind to your teeth easier, and are more stable!
Dental CrownsDr. Long on crowns and bridges
Dental crowns are lifelike caps that are placed on top of the remaining healthy portion of a damaged tooth. They are ideal for patients with large cavities and decay, damage due to excess wear or fractures, or those who have had a root canal. Generally made of porcelain, dental crowns are able to preserve the root structure of a healthy tooth and protect the remaining healthy crown, leaving you with a functional and lifelike replacement!
Our San Antonio, TX dentist offers both ceramic crowns and crowns made from pure zirconia. Zirconia is incredibly strong and mimics the natural appearance of teeth incredibly well! In terms of durability, zirconia is just as reliable as gold, one of the still-preferred crown materials. Zirconia crowns are shaped using special digital scanning and production techniques, meaning that the fit and appearance of your crown will be incredibly precise!
Being Fit For a Crown
Getting a crown is a two-step process. At your first appointment, we’ll start by removing any remaining decayed portions of your tooth and thoroughly cleaning the area. We’ll then remove the portions of the tooth necessary to make it fit under your crown. If you’re worried about pain from this procedure, don’t be! You’ll be locally anesthetized, and we can also offer sedation for patients who are nervous.
Once we’ve reduced the size of your tooth, we’ll take an impression of your mouth which will be used by the dental lab to produce your crown. The production process usually takes a couple of weeks, during which you’ll wear a temporary crown to protect your tooth.
After we receive your crown from the lab, you’ll come back for a second appointment so we can permanently attach it! You’ll be able to leave our San Antonio, TX dentist office with a nice, healthy tooth and a fresh new smile!
Dental BridgesDebbie Ford on a bridge allowing her to eat the foods she wants
What is a dental bridge? Dental bridges are used to treat missing teeth. Traditionally, a dental bridge consists of a false tooth attached to two crowns, which are placed on the teeth adjacent to the missing one. While this solves aesthetic and functional problems of tooth loss, traditional bridges have done little in the way of addressing the bone and gum loss that comes along with losing a tooth.
When a tooth is lost, bone begins to shrink, and so do your gums. This can leave patients with a gap under their bridge, as well as continued stability problems that come with bone loss. At Advanced Dental Associates, we are proud to offer implant bridges as an effective alternative.
When you have lost several teeth, bone loss will almost certainly mean that you face a domino effect of lost teeth. Implant bridges can stop further tooth loss in its tracks by using dental implants! With two or more dental implants typical for an implant bridge, you’ll have a permanent, stable, and long-lasting solution to tooth loss!
If you are in need of dental crowns or dental bridges, we’re glad to offer you options! Don’t hesitate to call our San Antonio, TX dentist office today at 210-819-5233! You can also make an appointment using our online form. We look forward to helping restore your smile!