In an ideal world, everyone’s natural teeth would remain healthy and whole for a lifetime. Unfortunately, though, decay, trauma, or infection may cause severe damage to teeth or cause the teeth to be lost altogether. In such circumstances, a dental crown or bridge may be the ideal restorative treatment. These custom-made prosthetics have the potential to make your smile look, feel, and function like new! This page discusses what these restorations are and how Dr. Kar can help you experience their many benefits.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits over the entire visible portion of a tooth (everything above the gum line). Dental crowns in Allen may be made of various materials, including porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, and gold. A crown can be used to:
There are a few types of dental bridges, but the most common type is a three-part restoration that includes two crowns and a pontic (artificial tooth). The two crowns get placed on the teeth on both sides of the location where a tooth is missing (the abutment teeth). The crowns support a pontic between them in order to “bridge” the gap.
A traditional dental bridge is able to replace 1 – 3 missing teeth in a row. If the tooth loss is more extensive, or if the missing teeth are at various locations throughout a dental arch, a different type of restoration might be the better option. For example, your dentist in Allen may recommend an implant-supported bridge or denture to fully rebuild your smile.
The process for non-implant-supported crowns and bridges begins with tooth preparation. Dr. Kar will have to modify your teeth so they will fit well beneath their crowns; this usually involves filing the teeth down or filling them in. We use local anesthetic (and sedation in some cases) to make sure patients are comfortable during this part of the process. Once the teeth are prepared, our team will take detailed images and impressions of your mouth. Dr. Kar will use that data to design your restoration. As a prosthodontist, he has an in-depth knowledge of how to create prosthetics that look and function like real teeth, and that will not interfere with your natural bite.
Once Dr. Kar designs your restoration, a dental laboratory will fabricate it according to his specifications. In the meantime, you will wear a temporary restoration to protect your prepared teeth. When your permanent crown or bridge is ready, Dr. Kar will verify its fit before he cements it into its designated place.