Back in the day when a tooth was severely damaged, it was typically adios to that particular tooth. Now with dental crowns, we are able to salvage just about any tooth.
If a tooth has severe decay or has been broken due to an injury, a dental crown can be placed over the healthy part of the tooth. This enables the rest of the natural tooth to remain intact. Keeping as many of your natural teeth as possible is the healthiest option for anyone’s teeth, and it bodes pretty well for your smile too.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown is a restoration designed to protect a tooth that has sustained structural damage from a crack, decay, or trauma. It completely covers your tooth like a protective helmet. Both Dr. Tip Tippit and Dr. Trey Tippit design restorations to match your natural teeth, whenever possible, so your smile has a seamless appearance.
We will remove all damaged tooth structure before taking a digital impression to create your crown using CEREC technology. The finished product will have natural translucence and shading, making it highly esthetic as well as strong.
We will attach your permanent crown to your tooth and make final precise adjustments to ensure a proper fit. Caring for your crown is essential to ensuring its longevity. Brushing, flossing, and keeping your regular dental cleanings is the best insurance for your dentistry.
It is also essential to wear your nightguard, if it is recommended. Clenching and grinding your teeth can damage a crown, just like your natural teeth. Taking care of your restorations will extend their function and appearance.
Crowns are created in-house with our CEREC machine at any of our four Tippit Dental locations in Memorial, Cypress, Brenham and Bellville.
Fixed Dental Bridges
Occasionally, we cannot save a tooth because it is too damaged. In that case, the best thing we can do is to remove your troubled tooth and provide you with tooth replacement options.
For patients who either cannot have dental implants or want another option, we offer fixed dental bridges. A dental bridge “bridges” the gap in your smile by suspending an artificial tooth between two adjacent crowns. By opting for a dental bridge, you can keep your remaining teeth from drifting toward the gap in your smile and affecting the integrity of your bite.
Caring for your dental bridge is important, and they do require some additional attention. In addition to brushing, flossing, and wearing your nightguard as recommended, you will need to keep the area beneath your artificial tooth clean to avoid gum disease and decay on your adjacent teeth.