Illustration of how a dental crown works, like crowns provided by AKJ Dentistry in Lubbock.

Crowns and bridges support oral health and aesthetic goals by replacing missing, broken or damaged teeth. Clients in Lubbock, Texas and surrounding areas who have concerns about the function or appearance of their smile can trust the experience of the AKJ Dentistry team. We will conduct a thorough evaluation and explain the details of appropriate tooth replacement and repair options.

Durable Dental Crowns

A dental crown is molded from ceramic, resin or stainless steel to fit the patient's natural tooth shape and size. This cap-like structure can be used to repair a broken tooth, restore shape and function, and improve discoloration and other imperfections. We can also use a crown to support a tooth that has a large filling because of a significant cavity. When crowns are used for aesthetic reasons, ceramic or porcelain is used to match the color of your existing teeth.

During the placement procedure, we reshape the tooth to accommodate the crown and make an impression to support a perfect fit. The patient is fitted with a temporary crown until the permanent crown is complete, which usually takes two to three weeks. Once the permanent tooth crown is cemented in place, it can last for up to 15 years with proper care and hygiene. Insurance usually covers a portion of the dental crown cost.

Porcelain is a highly wear-resistant material and provides an attractive appearance. Porcelain crowns often provide the best color match to the rest of your teeth, usually appearing very natural. They are an excellent choice for teeth in the front of the mouth.

The Benefits of Bridges

When a patient has one or more missing teeth adjacent to one another, we can create a dental bridge by using healthy teeth on either side of the gap to support an artificial replacement. We create these replacements from porcelain to match the size and shape of natural teeth. With this procedure, the teeth supporting the bridge (called abutment teeth) are fitted with crowns attached to the replacement teeth.

Depending on your overall goals, we may also install an implant-supported bridge in which permanent dental implants on either side of the bridge hold it in place. The average dental bridge cost varies based on the treatment plan and size of the bridge.

Bridges prevent the remaining healthy teeth from shifting position in response to a gap. This preserves your ability to eat and speak normally and comfortably while creating an even, attractive smile. Left unrepaired, missing teeth increase the likelihood that the person will lose additional teeth or experience other oral health problems.

Why Choose AKJ Dentistry

AKJ Dentistry has been serving clients in Lubbock and surrounding areas since 1993, earning a reputation for a friendly, relaxing office experience and comfortable, effective dental care. If you are concerned about the function or appearance of your smile, Dr. Johnson will create a treatment plan that works with your goals, health needs, and budget. Schedule your appointment today.