Crowns and Bridges – Restoring and Replacing Teeth

A few different oral situations require the use of crowns and bridges. Understanding what a crown is can help in comprehending bridges and how both bridges and crowns are used. A crown is basically a tooth surround. It is a tooth surface that is designed around the impress of one of your teeth. The design and fabrication of the crown is done in a laboratory that is devoted to creating prosthetic devices for dental purposes. When the crown is completed, it is fitted tightly on top of your tooth during a visit to your dentist’s office. The purpose is to restore tooth function and protect the tooth in the presence of large cavities or tooth decay.

Crowns and bridges can be used together when a decaying tooth is next to an area of missing teeth. Bridges are prosthetic teeth that bridge the gap between your natural teeth that has be formed by the loss of teeth. Bridges can also be called fixed partial dentures because they are like partials only they are attached rather than removable. Broken, decaying, or severely worn teeth can affect your talking, eating, and confidence level. A dentist like Dr. Peter F. Hazim can help you get restored function back in talking and eating. He can even make your smile visually pleasing again.

Different materials are used to create crowns and bridges. They can be made from gold, porcelain fused to metal (PFM), or tooth-colored porcelain. The material used depends on how much strength is required because of type of tooth and the area of placement. In his Allen, Texas office that services the entire Dallas-Fort Worth area, Dr. Hazim can assess your dental situation and work with you to find the right solution for restoring your best smile and oral function.

Another use for crowns and bridges arises when dental implants are placed. A dental implant involves fusing a metal post to the jaw line to replace a tooth root, usually because of decay or gum disease. The crown or bridge is then fitted to the dental implant post as a replacement for missing teeth. Crowns or bridges are also used often after root canal therapy, also called endodontic therapy. Occasionally, they are used as cosmetic dentistry options when veneers are not possible for some reasons. Dr. Hazim is a full service dentist, including cosmetic procedures. Patients come from many surrounding areas because he has a reputation as the Best Dentist in Allen, Texas (named by D Magazine).

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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