Crowns & Bridges Specialist

Tucker Family Dentistry

Perron L. Tucker, DMD

Family Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Vestavia Hills, AL

High-quality dental prosthetics such as crowns and bridges can address common dental complications like chips, cracks, and missing teeth without compromising your smile’s appearance. At Tucker Family Dentistry, Dr. Perron Tucker creates custom crowns and bridges designed to blend in with your natural teeth and support weak, broken, or missing teeth. To schedule a consultation for crowns and bridges, call the office or book online today.

Crowns & Bridges Q&A

What are crowns?

Dental crowns are covers for singular teeth that are weak or broken. Before you get a crown for a broken or weak tooth, Dr. Tucker takes impressions of the tooth before covering it with a temporary crown. 

Dr. Tucker molds the crown to be the same shape as the original tooth and helps you choose a material for your crown that meets your needs and preferences. Options for crowns include:

Metal crowns

Metal crowns are strong and durable; however, they don’t match the color of your natural teeth. You might prefer a metal crown for a tooth toward the back of your mouth that’s subjected to the added pressure of chewing and isn’t exposed when you smile. 

Porcelain crowns

Porcelain crowns are strong and durable even if they don’t quite measure up to the strength of a metal crown. The main appeal is that Dr. Tucker can match the crown’s porcelain to the same shade as your natural uncrowned teeth. You might prefer a porcelain crown for a tooth that you can see when you smile. 

What are bridges?

Bridges are another type of custom restoration available at Tucker Family Dentistry. Instead of covering weak or broken teeth to provide support, a bridge contains three components that work together to replace one or more missing teeth. They have two crowns or frameworks that rely on healthy teeth near the gap for support, and one or more false teeth to fill the void.

Having a gap in your teeth can impact your speech, chewing abilities, and appearance. A gold, porcelain, or non-precious metal bridge can help you avoid these issues. Dr. Tucker offers two types of custom bridges at Tucker Family Dentistry:

Fixed bridges

Dr. Tucker cements fixed bridges to your teeth so that you can’t remove them at will. You’re unlikely to lose a fixed bridge, but you may find it necessary to replace it eventually. 

Removable bridges

Removable bridges are beneficial because you can take them out at any time to clean them thoroughly. However, they are less stable and feel less natural than fixed bridges. 

How should I maintain my crowns and bridges?

Maintaining a crown or a fixed bridge is simple as long as you maintain your oral health. Dr. Tucker helps you refine your oral health routine to make sure your crown or bridge lasts for many years. To successfully care for a custom crown or bridge, you should:

  • Brush twice daily
  • Use proper and thorough brushing methods
  • Floss between your teeth once a day
  • Attend your six-month cleanings and exams

If your crown or bridge breaks, you should call Tucker Family Dentistry right away for an appointment. Dr. Tucker may be able to repair the device or give you a new one with no flaws. 

Book your consultation for crowns or bridges by calling Tucker Family Dentistry or booking online today.