Crowns & Bridges Specialist

Crystal Lake Dental

Allan Hsu, DDS

Family Dentist located in Leander, TX

If you have missing or damaged teeth that you’d like to replace or restore, Allan Hsu, DDS, can help. At Crystal Lake Dental, Dr. Hsu and his team use crowns and bridges to restore the function and appearance of your damaged or missing teeth. These fixed prosthetic devices are permanent fixtures designed to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. Men, women, and children living in and around Leander, Texas, can learn more about the benefits of crowns and bridges by calling Crystal Lake Dental or requesting a consultation online.

Crowns & Bridges Q & A

What is a crown?

A crown is an artificial tooth cap that covers a damaged tooth to improve its appearance or shape. Crowns provide extra strength to compromised teeth or, in the case of dental implants, can replace a missing tooth altogether.

What are crowns made of?

Crowns can be made from a range of materials. Dr. Hsu can help you choose a crown material that’s best suited for its placement in your mouth and for your dental and aesthetic goals, such as:

Porcelain or ceramic

Porcelain or ceramic crowns match the color of your natural teeth and provide excellent cosmetic benefits.

Gold and alloys

Gold crowns are incredibly strong but are typically only used on the back teeth because of their color.


These crowns have a metal shell that’s covered in porcelain, giving you both strength and a natural appearance.

Why do I need a crown?

Crowns are an effective solution for replacing missing teeth and reinforcing damaged teeth. Some of the situations in which Dr. Hsu might recommend a crown are:

  • To protect or restore a weak tooth that’s vulnerable to further damage
  • To cover a dental implant or a tooth with a large filling
  • To mask discolored or misshapen teeth
  • To cover and reinforce a tooth that’s had a root canal

Dr. Hsu uses 3D technology to guide his decision to recommend crowns. 

Crowns are made from a mold of your teeth to ensure they fit in seamlessly and comfortably with the rest of your natural teeth.

What is a dental bridge?

If you’re missing an entire tooth or several teeth, Dr. Hsu might recommend replacing them with a bridge. A bridge is a series of false teeth, called pontics, that Hsu permanently affixes to your existing teeth or crowns, where they span the gaps where you’re missing teeth.

Bridges provide a wide range of health benefits by filling in the empty gaps in your smile. This prevents your existing teeth from shifting out of place, misaligning your bite, or negatively impacting the appearance and health of your mouth.

How long do crowns and bridges last?

Crowns and bridges can last a lifetime if you maintain good dental hygiene. They can be cared for just like your natural teeth, with regular brushing, flossing, and dental cleaning appointments.

Just like your natural teeth, decay, and gum disease surrounding your bridge or crown can affect its efficacy and longevity. 

If you suspect you need a bridge or crown, book a visit with the team at Crystal Lake Dental by calling the office or requesting an appointment online.