Dental crowns and bridges are custom-made restorative appliances that are completely discreet. They help correct any bite issues that you may have and also improve your speech and chewing ability.
When your teeth are severely decayed or damaged, they may become too weak to survive with a simple filling. When a weakened tooth is strengthened by placing a crown over it, the tooth gets a new lease of life. When a single tooth is lost, a denture may not be required, as a bridge can be made which will fill the gap. Dental crowns and bridges, along with meticulous oral care and regular dental checkups, could last for a long time.
We offer dental crowns and bridges at Stevens Creek Family Dentistry to help bring back your self-esteem and help you to smile again with confidence.
A crown is a tooth-shaped cover for a damaged tooth that protects the entire visible portion of a tooth, from the top of the tooth to the gum line. Crowns are used to strengthen and restore a tooth to its original appearance and full functionality.
There are several reasons you would possibly want to think about a crown, such as:
- Lost fillings
- Decay below a filling
- Strengthen and hold together a tooth that has had root canal treatment
- Hide chipped or cracked tooth enamel
- Replace an outsized filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Re-establish an already fractured tooth or a damaged pre-existing crown
- Attach a bridge
- Complete a dental implant restoration
- Conceal a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
A bridge may be more suitable than an implant if you have certain medical conditions that disallow oral surgery. A bridge could be suggested if you are missing one or more teeth. This is to prevent the remaining teeth from shifting or rotating into the empty spaces left by the missing teeth, resulting in a bad bite. The unevenness caused by missing teeth can also lead to other painful conditions.
Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures because they are semi-permanent and are attached to existing teeth or implants, which support them. Some bridges are removable and can be cleaned by the patient, while others need to be removed by a dentist.
This procedure requires two or more appointments. At the first appointment, your teeth are prepared to make space for the supporting crowns, to which the artificial tooth will be attached. An impression is then taken and sent to the laboratory, and a temporary plastic bridge will be fitted for you until the permanent one is ready. Laboratory production takes approximately two weeks. The temporary bridge is removed at the second visit, and the final bridge is permanently secured into position.
Dr. Tracy Ngo at Stevens Creek Family Dentistry in Santa Clara can help you restore your smile. Call us today at 408-261-8882 to schedule your dental consultation and learn more about crowns and bridges.