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Greetings Plano! Welcome back to the ongoing dental health blog of 1st In Smiles. Are you ready for the holiday season? We love listening to festive holiday music at our comfortable and modern office. Plus, the holidays always seem to bring out smiles in our patients.

At 1st In Smiles in Plano, TX, we absolutely love smiles. That’s why it’s in our name! We want all of our patients to have a smile that is healthy, and a smile that looks great. The new year is approaching quickly, and many of our patients will be making new year’s resolutions about getting into better health for the holidays. But one area of their health often gets overlooked: their oral health.

At 1st In Smiles in Plano, TX, on of the most common ways we help ensure a patient’s health is with dental restorations. Two of the most common restorations in cosmetic and restorative dentistry are dental crown procedures and dental bridges. In today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going to explore these topics a little bit more.

What Is a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns are the most effective way to restore a badly decayed or badly damaged tooth. Fillings are the most common way to restore decayed tooth, but sometimes a cavity can be too deep to restore effectively with a filling. In these cases, we often recommend a dental crown from 1st In Smiles in Plano, TX.

We can also use a dental crown to cover a fractured tooth or a deeply discolored tooth. The purpose of a dental crown is restore a tooth’s natural shape and size. Dental crowns are also strengthen your tooth, improving your ability to comfortably chew your favorite foods. A dental crown acts almost like a cap, we reduce the size of your existing tooth and completely encompass it with a dental crown.

At First In Smiles in Plano, TX, our beautiful and lifelike crowns can fully restore your tooth in just two easy appointments. We’ll begin by removing any decay from your tooth, then taking an impression of it. This mold is used at a dental lab to create your custom crown. On the second visit, we’ll place the crown. That’s it for your dental crown procedure!

If you’re nervous about undergoing dental work, we offer sedation dentistry at 1st In Smiles in Plano, TX. You can rest assured that your dental crown will be effective, and durable enough to last for decades with proper care. Our visible crowns are free of metal, constructed out of only porcelain or other ceramics. We match the shade and appearance of your dental crown to the rest of your natural teeth, so no one will know it’s there! We only use metal crowns to restore teeth in the back of your mouth when necessary.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

A bridge is an artificial tooth used to replace gaps in your smile. When you’re missing teeth, your jaw alignment and bite can shift. One missing tooth often leads to several missing teeth, due to the shifting and loosening of your existing teeth. That can make it extremely difficult to chew or even speak.

At 1st In Smiles in Plano, TX, we’re proud to offer dental restorations such as dental bridges. Your dental bridge is an incredibly lifelike tooth or teeth which we support with dental crowns. We install dental crowns on the teeth on either side of your missing teeth, then use them to support the bridge. If you are missing multiple teeth, we may need to use more than two supporting crowns to ensure full stability for your dental bridge.

Recovery from dental crown procedures and dental bridge procedures is relatively quick. Your caring dentist at 1st In Smiles in Plano, TX, will provide you with detailed information and instructions for the aftercare of your tooth. You may have some minor sensitivity or numbness rolling your restorative dentistry procedure, but this will fade quickly.

Make an Appointment

Do you have a badly decayed tooth that is causing you pain? Are you missing a tooth and embarrassed to smile? If that sounds like you, you could benefit from restorative dentistry procedures such as dental crowns and dental bridges from 1st In Smiles in Plano, TX. Call our office at 972-380-8105.