Bridges and Crowns
In some instances of heavy decay, a crown or bridge may be recommended as appropriate treatments when simple fillings will not be sufficient. In the event that a tooth is excessively damaged, we prefer to preserve as much of the natural tooth whenever possible. Crowns are often recommended in these instances, frequently in conjunction with a root canal if necessary. Various materials may be used to create the crown, but porcelain offers the most natural appearance for cosmetic purposes.
In some instances, tooth decay is so severe that the tooth requires complete extraction. There are several treatments that may be appropriate to , depending on the individual patient. In addition to implants and dentures, bridges may be a viable option, especially for our patients with heavier damage or jaw bone loss. A traditional bridge is comprised of one or more “pontics” (prosthetic teeth) held in place by crowns cemented to your adjacent teeth. The procedure is simple, low-risk, and requires no surgery; the primary downside is that the neighboring teeth will require some reduction in enamel in order to support the crowns.
Following tooth extractions, gums will gradually shrink over the next 3-4 months; immediate bridge placement would result in poor fit and unsightly gaps. Instead, a temporary bridge may be placed during the waiting period. Once your dentist has determined that the gums are ready to accept a bridge, a permanent custom bridge is created and installed, ensuring optimal fit for the individual patient.
Call one of our Houston dental offices today to schedule a consultation to determine whether bridges or crowns may be the right solution for you!
“Although we strive to retain your natural teeth as much as possible, sometimes decay is so severe that extraction is required.
When necessary, we have several different treatment options at our disposal to help restore your bite function and a natural-looking smile. Based on your unique circumstances and preferences, we will formulate a treatment plan that is right for you.
If you've been suffering from excessive tooth decay, don't hesitate to call us - we're here to help!”
Dr. Richard Truong, DDS