When you have a damaged smile, San Antonio dentist, D. Michael Miller, DDS, and his dedicated dentistry team members are here to help you fully repair the appearance and function of your smile. We always start with the most conservative restoration options and move forward with more complex treatments as is necessary to repair your smile while maintaining the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure. Dental crowns and bridges are two of the conservative restoration options that we recommend most often. If you’re in need of smile repair, we’re here to help. Call our San Antonio dental office to find out more or schedule a treatment consultation today. We’ll partner with you to repair damaged smiles or replace missing teeth.
A dental crown, sometimes called a cap, is a restoration that fits over the top of a damaged tooth. Once in place, the crown will fit snuggly into your natural smile line and mimic healthy structure and function. We can craft your custom dental crown from a variety of materials, including gold, porcelain fused to metal, all-ceramic, and zirconia. During the treatment planning process, we’ll help you to determine what material is best suited to repair your smile.
We use dental crowns as part of a number of dentistry services, including:
Fixed bridges are tooth replacement prosthetics that use dental crowns to support one or more replacement teeth. The prosthetic teeth are fused together and attached to dental crowns on each end that are anchored to healthy tooth structures for support.
Dental crowns or bridges are placed in two treatment visits to our office. During your first appointment, we prepare teeth by removing any damaged structures. Then, a small amount of enamel around the outside of the tooth is removed in order to allow the crown to fit into your smile without impacting natural, healthy function. Once your teeth are prepared, we capture impressions of your teeth that will be used by our lab to craft your custom crown or bridge. Before you leave the office, we place a temporary restoration to protect your prepared smile until we place the final crown or bridge. When we receive the custom crafted dental crown or fixed bridge from the lab, you’ll return to our practice for your second treatment visit. During this follow up appointment, we remove the temporary and place the custom crown or bridge.
Once you have a dental crown or fixed bridge restoration in place, you can continue to brush and floss your teeth as usual. During your dental treatment planning process, we’ll review your at-home hygiene routine and oral health care products to help you make the most of your dental care in and out of our office. We may recommend you use a softer toothbrush or less abrasive toothpaste to minimize wear to your restoration. You may also want to use a waxed floss or water flosser to avoid tugging around the edges of your restoration. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our team to learn more. We’re always happy to help.