Crowns and bridges are among the most popular restorative dentistry treatments offered by Mark A Porter, DDS, and Shane Porter, DDS, through their dental practice in San Antonio, Texas. The best way to learn how these treatments might fit your needs is to book a visit today, online or with a quick phone call.
Crowns and bridges are versatile treatments that address many needs. Thanks to advancements in dental technology, today’s restorations create incredible results that are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Dental crowns cover all visible tooth surfaces with durable materials. Crowns protect your natural tooth tissue and preserve bone health by leaving tooth roots in place. They are used to:
Crowns are also the visible portion of dental implants. Mark A Porter, DDS offers same day crowns using CEREC technology.
A dental bridge uses artificial teeth to fill a gap in your smile. Bridges rely on a dental crown on either side to hold the restoration securely in place.
If your dentist feels that a crown or bridge may be a good fit for your needs, you’ll explore all treatment options during your visit.
Digital imaging gives your dentist insight into the structure of your teeth and bone tissue, aiding in treatment planning. An injection of numbing medication keeps you comfortable during the visit.
Your dentist removes a portion of your natural tooth tissue to make room for the new crown. A set of impressions guides the fabrication of your new crown. With traditional crowns, a temporary crown protects your teeth while a dental lab creates the crown, a process that can take a few weeks.
Mark A Porter, DDS also offers same day crowns using top quality CEREC technology. That means you can walk out with your fully restored smile in just one visit.
Top quality bridgework is a great way to replace missing teeth and is an alternative to options like dental implants and partial dentures. When thinking about which path to take, it helps to understand the pros and cons of bridges in regard to these alternatives.
Compared to partial dentures, a bridge will create a far more secure bite. Because bridges secure using traditional or same day crowns, they remain in place for the life of the restoration, whereas partial dentures are removable for cleaning. Bridgework is more expensive than most partial dentures.
Compared to dental implants, bridgework is a more affordable option. That said, implants are permanent, while even the best bridgework will eventually need to be repaired or replaced. Implants also preserve bone health.
If you’re ready to learn more about all of your restorative dentistry treatment options, call or click to schedule a visit at your earliest convenience.