Porcelain Crowns & Bridges
Sometimes when a tooth decays, it cannot be repaired by a simple filling. In those cases, a patient has the option of having the tooth pulled and replaced with a dental implant. Another common option that many people opt for is the installation of a dental crown or a bridge.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are fitted snugly over the remnants of an existing tooth, giving the impression that the tooth has been restored to its full size and shape. This also means the tooth has been restored to its full strength and appearance. A bridge fills the gap created by the decayed tooth, but it attaches to teeth on either side as well, creating a strong bond that will last for a number of years.
A Comfort Zone for Dentistry, Dr. Hamilton and her staff use crowns and bridges to protect a weak tooth or cover a broken tooth or to cover a tooth where a large filling has been drilled out but does not leave enough of the tooth to be filled in a safe and effective manner.
Permanent crowns can be made from various types of materials. Metal crowns are the most durable and are generally made from gold or palladium. However, most people opt for porcelain crowns which can be made to match a patient’s other existing teeth. From a cosmetic point of view, porcelain crowns and bridges are definitely the most aesthetically pleasing. Porcelain crowns and bridges are also used when a patient is allergic to metals.
Dr. Hamilton’s patients who follow good dental hygiene can expect a crown to last for 15 years or more, providing long lasting and visually pleasing relief from an otherwise painful and ugly looking dental problem.
To explore your options for repairing one or more teeth that have gone bad, contact the staff at Comfort Zone for Dentistry to see what your best course of treatment will be.
Comfort Zone for Dentistry serves patients in Sugar Land and other nearby Texas communities.