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Are you experience difficulty eating due to a damaged or missing tooth? Damaged teeth cannot only be painful, they can lead to malnutrition by forcing you to avoiding eating hard foods. But restorative dentistry can repair damage to your smile, or even replace missing teeth.

At 1st In Smiles in Plano, TX, we offer dental crowns and dental bridges. These methods are great for repairing teeth, or replacing missing teeth. Dental crowns and dental bridges look just like your natural teeth. No one will even have to know that it’s not your natural tooth. In today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going to tell you more about dental crowns and dental bridges.

Dental Crowns

Sometimes a tooth can be damaged or decayed beyond the repair offered by a dental filling. In these cases a dental crown can be an ideal way to restore a damaged tooth back to its original strength and function. We can use them to restore damage or decay to teeth; we can also use dental crowns to restore a tooth’s shape and size.

A dental crown functions almost like a cap for your tooth. In takes two visits for a dental crown to be installed. We begin by removing decay from your tooth; afterwards we make a mold of your tooth. This mold is used to create your custom crown that is carefully designed to match the appearance of your natural teeth.

During the second appointment, we will place the dental crown into position. This process doesn’t hurt and goes by quickly. We offer dental sedation if you’re nervous or fearful about the procedure. With dental sedation, you will feel calm and relaxed during your procedure.

In the past, dental crowns had to be made with metal. Although these crowns served an important function, they looked unnatural and fake. New technology has changed all of that for the better. Our crowns are made out of ceramics such as porcelain for a natural-looking dental solution. Metal-supported crowns are only used for your back teeth, so the metal frame is never visible.

Dental Bridges

When you lose a tooth, or several teeth, several negative things occur. You appearance is quite obviously affected. You may feel nervous or embarrassed to smile in public and show-off your missing teeth. But there are health affects beyond just cosmetic appearance.

Your teeth can also shift when you are missing teeth. That can can throw your jaw and your bite out of alignment. If left untreated, this can make it extremely difficult to chew and speak. A dental bridge is a solution to these problems.

A dental bridge is an artificial tooth which replaces your missing teeth. This artificial tooth is then supported by a dental bridge. A dental bridge is a dental device which is supported on both sides by crowns placed over your natural teeth.

Dental bridges look great, and are an excellent solution for missing teeth. You will recover quickly from having a dental bridge installed. Within a few days you will able to eat and speak like normal. You may experience some minor sensitivity following the installment of your dental bridge, however you will feel great in no time.

Make an Appointment

Are you ready to replace a missing tooth? Or do you want to have a damaged tooth restored to its full glory? Then contact 1st In Smiles in Plano, TX. We can evaluate your oral health for a dental crown or dental bridge. Give us a call today at 972-380-8105.