Thanks to crowns and bridges, it’s easy to repair damaged, decaying, or missing permanent teeth. At My Dentist, general dentist Christine Hervas, DDS, uses dental restorations, including crowns and bridges, to transform smiles and encourage optimal oral health. To make an appointment, call the practice in Austin, Texas, or click the online booking feature today.
Crowns and bridges are custom dental restorations. Though similar, there are distinct differences:
A crown is a cap bonded on top of a damaged or decaying tooth. It restores your enamel to its near-original shape and size, allowing you to bite and chew confidently.
A bridge is a restoration that replaces one (or multiple) permanent teeth. Dr. Hervas uses crowns or a metal framework to prevent the bridge from moving out of position.
You might need a crown or a bridge if you chip, crack, or lose a tooth or develop a large cavity. You might also benefit from a crown if you have a severely discolored tooth and it doesn’t respond to whitening treatment.
At My Dentist, getting crowns and bridges takes at least two visits.
Before recommending a crown or a bridge, Dr. Hervas conducts an oral exam and takes oral X-rays. If she determines you can benefit from a dental restoration, she numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic and takes digital impressions.
After taking impressions, Dr. Hervas prepares your teeth to receive a crown or a bridge. If you’re getting a crown, she carefully removes the decaying portion of tooth enamel. If you’re getting a bridge, she removes a thin layer of enamel from each tooth on either side of the gap in your smile.
Lastly, Dr. Hervas sends your impressions to a dental facility that manufactures your custom crown or bridge.
When the dental facility completes your crown or bridge, you return to My Dentist. Dr. Hervas bonds your restoration in place, polishes your teeth, and explains how to care for it.
Most crowns and bridges last for 12-15 years*, but it’s possible to extend their use by practicing good oral hygiene. Dr. Hervas recommends brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing regularly, and visiting My Dentist every six months for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.
To prevent damage to your crown or bridge, Dr. Hervas recommends wearing a mouthguard when playing sports or exercising and avoiding bad habits like nail biting.
To learn more about the benefits of crowns and bridges, make an appointment at My Dentist by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling feature today.
*Individual results may vary.