A damaged or severely decayed tooth can make it difficult to eat or speak comfortably and also cause tooth sensitivity or pain. If you have chipped or cracked teeth, you may also feel self-conscious about the appearance of your smile. In the past, it was common for patients to receive gold or metal tooth crowns, which were unsightly, especially for teeth in the smile zone. From the 1950s to the early 2000s, it was standard practice for dentists to restore damaged teeth with porcelain fused-to-metal crowns. The drawbacks were that the inner metal layer caused a visible telltale line along the gum line and the porcelain coating on the metal could wear, chip or break. The introduction of dental zirconia was a game changer in restorative dentistry. Whether you have a severely decayed, weak or damaged tooth, you’ve found the right practice to make your smile whole again. Our prosthodontist Dr. Bay has more than 20 years of experience helping patients restore their oral function and smile beauty with dental crowns. At Smile Rehab Centers, we only use metal-free crowns in Southlake, TX created from porcelain or zirconia. Our crowns blend seamlessly with your existing teeth and offer excellent strength, durability and aesthetics.
Dental crowns are fixed “caps” that cover over your teeth to restore strength and beauty. We generally recommend crowns when a tooth is too damaged or decayed to be treated with bonding or composite fillings. Similarly, we can use a dental crown to preserve a tooth after root canal therapy or to restore a permanent dental implant. We’ll take impressions of your tooth, which are used by a specialized dental lab technician to design your new restoration. Then, we’ll be sure your new dental crown fits securely over your tooth and the color blends in with your surrounding teeth. The advantages of dental crowns include:
A missing tooth can cause an array of problems, including shifting of surrounding teeth, an increased risk of decay and gum disease and a painful change to your bite. If you’re not ready for dental implants, a dental bridge is a cost-effective alternative that eliminates unsightly gaps in your smile, while improving your ability to eat and speak. Instead of a single crown, a false tooth in the empty space left by a missing tooth is supported by crowned teeth on each side. Although a dental bridge prevents remaining teeth from shifting and altering your bite, bone loss continues in the empty space under the false tooth because the missing root isn’t replaced.
Dr. Bay understands that every patient has unique needs, so she takes the time to carefully consider your health, medical history and smile goals before recommending treatment. She’ll provide an accurate cost estimate based on the unique details of your case so you know what to expect before treatment starts. In addition to decades of expertise creating beautiful crowns and bridges, Dr. Bay offers competitive pricing, accepts insurance from multiple carriers and partners with several leading third-party financing companies. When you receive a custom crown or bridge in Southlake, TX from our seasoned prosthodontist, you’ll enjoy restored dental function, improved smile aesthetics and increased confidence.
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