Customized Restorations for Missing Teeth
Damaged teeth can interfere with your daily activities by making simple tasks like chewing or speaking more difficult. They may even put your health at risk for serious complications.
At Lakeway Dental Associates, Dr. Brent Dupper can place a dental crown or bridge to help restore your smile and preserve both your oral and overall health. Your customized and natural-looking restoration will give you a smile you can take pride in.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are protective, porcelain caps placed over the natural tooth to restore its look and function. It covers the tooth above the gum line and can help protect against cavities and bacteria. Dr. Dupper will customize your crown to match the shape, size, and color of your surrounding teeth for a seamless appearance and comfortable fit.
When Are Dental Crowns Necessary?
Patients may need dental crowns if their teeth are:
- Severely damaged or decayed
- Stained or discolored
- Mishappen or crooked
- Treated with a root canal
- Cracked, chipped, or broken
What Are Dental Bridges?
For patients missing one or more adjacent teeth, dental bridges may be the ideal solution. As its name implies, this restoration bridges the gap between missing teeth to restore your smile’s look and function.
Dental crowns are a key component of bridges, as they’re secured with dental crowns that are attached to natural teeth at either end. This will ensure your bridge is secure and blends seamlessly with your smile.
When Are Dental Bridges Necessary?
Dr. Dupper may recommend dental bridges to patients ineligible for dental implants. Other reasons patients may need dental bridges include:
- One or more missing teeth
- Gaps in teeth
- Severe tooth damage or decay
At your initial consultation, Dr. Dupper will determine which restorative treatment will be most effective for you.
Benefits of Dental Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns and bridges come with a host of benefits that make them popular and reliable treatments. Some benefits include:
- Natural appearance
- Quick and minimally invasive procedure
- Restores ability to eat and speak with comfort
- Prevents surrounding teeth from shifting out of place
- Prevents health complications
Placing Your Dental Crown or Bridge
The processes of placing either a dental crown or bridge are fairly similar and can take as few as two visits to our Lakeway office to complete.
Consultation and Placement Preparation
You’ll first have a consultation with Dr. Dupper where he’ll determine which treatment will be most effective for your individual needs. He’ll perform a thorough examination of your mouth to decide which restoration will be best for you.
Once he determines which treatment will be most effective, he’ll begin the shaping process by administering a local anesthetic to ensure you don’t feel any pain while he works. Dr. Dupper will then shape your natural teeth so a crown or bridge will fit comfortably in your mouth.
Then, he’ll make an impression of your teeth to send to a dental lab where they’ll create your personalized restoration. You’ll receive a temporary crown or bridge in the meantime to protect your teeth.
Placing Your Restoration
Once we receive your restoration, you’ll return to our Lakeway office for a final fitting. Dr. Dupper will begin by removing your temporary restoration and performing a thorough cleaning of your teeth.
He’ll then place and adjust your restoration as necessary to ensure a comfortable, natural-looking fit. After your crown or bridge has been secured to your teeth, you can leave our Lakeway office with a beautifully restored smile!
Frequently Asked Questions
Before beginning either procedure, Dr. Dupper will administer a local anesthetic to ensure your experience is painless and stress-free. A member of our dental team will monitor you throughout the procedure to make sure you’re at ease.
You may experience mild discomfort once the numbness fades. However, you can easily manage this pain with a cold compress and over-the-counter pain relievers.
Dental crowns and bridges are a great way to restore your teeth’s function and appearance, but unfortunately, they’re not permanent restorations. Both restorations can last up to 15 years before needing to be replaced.
You can ensure your restorations are in good shape for years to come by brushing and flossing twice per day along with rinsing between meals. We also encourage you to schedule biannual appointments at our Lakeway office for routine cleanings and exams.
Dental bridges and implants both have their unique benefits. If you only need one tooth restored, a crown may be the better option. However, if you have multiple adjacent teeth missing or damaged, a dental bridge may be more effective. At your initial consultation, Dr. Dupper will determine which type of restoration will be best for your individual needs.
Achieve a Complete, Beautiful Smile
At Lakeway Dental Associates, we want to help you achieve a stunning and functional smile. Dental crowns and bridges can help restore missing or damaged teeth in no time. To schedule your appointment at our Lakeway office, you can call us at (512) 263-0064 or fill out a contact form. A team member will get back to you shortly. We look forward to seeing you in the office!