Feeling embarrassed by your stained, chipped, or missing teeth can lead to depression and anxiety, says a new study which surveyed  451,075  adults. The findings discovered that tooth loss is associated with depression and anxiety. Two straightforward restorative dentistry procedures can alleviate your self-consciousness and make you confident in your smile once again. Dr. Blair Jones and Dr. Seth Harris outline the differences between two highly beneficial restorative options, dental crowns and dental bridges.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are also called caps because they are placed over your existing tooth. They are advantageous for correcting permanently stained teeth, chipped teeth, misshapen teeth, teeth with significant decay, and for replacing fillings. Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris provide two types of crowns: all-porcelain crowns for the visible teeth, and porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM,) or gold crowns, which are appropriate for the stronger forces from chewing. PFM crowns are typically chosen for the back teeth. Your dentists will discuss these two types, and they will place the crown over two appointments. At the first appointment, Dr. Jones or Dr. Harris will sculpt the existing tooth so that the crown will fit perfectly over it. He will take impressions so that a dental lab can mold your new crown. He will provide a temporary crown for you to wear until the permanent crown is ready. Then, at the second appointment, he will check the fitting and then cement the crown into place.

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge can replace one or more adjacent missing teeth. One or more artificial teeth are attached to two crowns at each end of the bridge. These crowns rest atop healthy teeth. Together, the crowns and artificial teeth form a bridge. Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris will again take impressions of  your mouth to ensure an optimum fit for the bridge. They will give instructions on the shade of your nearby teeth so that the bridge will match the other teeth. You will be given a temporary bridge while the dental lab constructs your bridge. Then, when the bridge is complete, your dentists will place into your mouth and check to be sure it fits comfortably.

About Your Mansfield Dentists

Mansfield Dental Associates provide clinical excellence in every restorative, cosmetic, or general dental service at their Mansfield office. To schedule a consultation, please call 817-473-6227. We welcome patients from Mansfield, South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, Midlothian and neighboring areas.