Crowns And Bridges Specialist

Key City Dental Studio

Karen Key, DDS

General Dentist located in Abilene, TX

When you have missing teeth or an unattractive smile, Karen Key, DDS, of Key City Dental Studio can improve your dental health and improve your smile using a dental crown or bridge. From her office, located in Abilene, Texas, Dr. Key offers crowns and bridges made of a variety of materials that look and act like your own natural teeth, restoring your smile and boosting your confidence. For a consultation with Dr. Key, call or schedule an appointment online.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What are crowns and bridges?

Dental crowns and bridges are dental restorations to improve your smile and oral health if you have missing or damaged teeth. When you have one or more damaged or missing teeth, it can cause:

  • An unattractive smile
  • Problems with speaking or chewing
  • Decreased confidence
  • Misalignment of healthy teeth
  • Increased risk for periodontal disease
  • Increased risk for further tooth loss

A crown is a false tooth made of ceramic, porcelain, metal, or other materials. It can cover a damaged tooth, or be attached to a dental implant. Often, a crown is used to strengthen a tooth that decay or dental work weakens.

A bridge is a set of two or more false teeth, which are attached to an appliance that fits over anchor teeth. A bridge can span a large space in the mouth, and can even replace an entire upper or lower set of teeth.

Why do I need a crown or bridge?

At Key City Dental Studio, Dr. Key places a dental crown or bridge if you have weak, damaged, or missing teeth due to:

  • Severe decay
  • Periodontal disease
  • Abscess or infection
  • Facial trauma
  • Root canal
  • Chips or cracks

Crowns and bridges are often part of a long-term plan to restore your smile and improve your overall dental health. There are many benefits of using a crown or bridge, once your infection or underlying cause for your missing teeth resolves.

What are the benefits of having a crown or bridge?

A professionally placed crown or bridge can:

  • Improve your smile
  • Fill in space left by missing teeth
  • Restore healthy spacing of teeth
  • Protect the integrity of natural teeth
  • Protect adjoining teeth from damage or decay
  • Restore the ability to speak and chew properly
  • Maintain the shape of your face

Crowns and bridges are customized to look like your teeth. They offer natural color, texture, and shine so that your restorations blend beautifully with your other teeth.

What material is used to make crowns and bridges?

Dr. Key uses materials that offer the color and transparency that mimic your natural teeth.

These include:

  • BruxZir® Solid Zirconia: Very durable and strong material
  • E-Max® crowns: Made of natural-looking, durable ceramic
  • Porcelain: Long-lasting, natural-looking material for both bridges and crowns

Crown and bridges are made from impressions of your own mouth and surrounding teeth. A trusted dental lab creates your restoration, and Dr. Key places your crown or bridge in her office.

For a crown or bridge consultation, call or make an appointment online with Key City Dental Studio.