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! Trust Dr. Edwards, Dr. Malitz, Dr.Garcia and Dr. Long to help you find the best solution for your smile.
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!
We do all sorts of phases of crowns and prosthetics and bridges with patients and now it used to be some of the challenges with bridges especially that they would have metal under them. The technologies have really gotten better there. We use all porcelain now and so those bridges look like they actually were put there way before a dentist got in the way. they look so natural and so hard to tell that sometimes I look at it and say is that really a bridge or is that the patient's teeth? and so those are something that is done every day. We have wonderful labs here that we use that are almost like artists and they can make teeth look like they were better than when we started when we're doing the crowns and the bridges.
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 at Advanced Dental Associates, 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 office with a nice, healthy tooth and a fresh new smile!
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!
Advanced Dental Associates is composed of different dentists with different expertise in the field of dentistry, who are active members of dental societies and organizations like the American Dental Associates, Academy of General Dentistry and more.
If you are in need of dental crowns or dental bridges, we’re glad to offer you options at Advanced Dental Associates! Don’t hesitate to call our San Antonio, TX office today at 210-819-5233! You can also make an appointment using our online form. We look forward to helping restore your smile!