Crowns and Bridges

When you think of a crown, you might think of a tooth covered in metal – unattractive and unnatural! But today’s crowns are different from the ones you remember your parents and grandparents getting. The Fort Worth dental office of Dr. Charles McCluer offers beautiful natural crowns that match your natural teeth, and are made and fitted with no dark lines around gum line.

Dental crowns – what they are and how they’re used
Crowns, which are sometimes also called caps for teeth, don’t just sit on the top of the tooth. A crown covers anywhere from 75 percent to 100 percent of your tooth – and these days, 100 percent coverage is more common, using tooth-colored material rather than metal. That means that today’s crowns look and function just like natural teeth.

Your dentist may recommend a crown if your tooth has so much decay that it cannot hold a filling. A crown may also be recommended if your tooth is cracked or broken and in danger of cracking down into the root if left untreated – a painful problem called cracked tooth syndrome. Crowns are also usually necessary after a root canal treatment to seal and protect the tooth.

Whatever reason you need to have a tooth fitted with a crown, the crown covers your tooth completely. It fits snugly at the gum and protects what remains of the natural tooth.

Dental bridges
A dental bridge is so named because it “bridges a gap” in your mouth left by missing teeth. The bridge may be used to replace one or more teeth.

Since this kind of dental restoration is permanently cemented onto the tooth, with crowns attached to the two teeth adjacent to the gap that the bridge is filling, it is referred to as "fixed" dentistry – as opposed to replacing missing teeth with a removable appliance or partial denture. Bridges are permanent like dental implants, but don’t require as invasive a procedure or as much healing time as an implant.

Dental bridges and crowns from an experienced Fort Worth dentist
Dr. Charles McCluer has been practicing dentistry in Fort Worth for over 20 years, making him a perfect choice for patients who need crowns or bridges and want an experienced dentist. Call our office at (817) 731-2661 today to make an appointment.