Crowns and bridges can be used to permanently fix or replace damaged teeth.
Dental crowns and dental bridges are some of the most common types of dental implants used to restore, protect, repair, and beautify your teeth. In addition to being both effective and long-lasting, installation is typically short and painless. If you’re experiencing dental pain, have lost a tooth, or simply have a tooth that you’d like to cover up – a dental crown or bridge might be the best solution.
When you schedule a consultation at our dental office in Downey, CA not only will you get the information you need to make the most informed choice, you’ll also learn about our competitive rates that make it easier to improve your oral health and beautifying your smile. Contact us today to learn more.
A dental crown (also known as a cap) is a tool we use to encase, protect, and restore your tooth’s surface. In addition to restoring the tooth to its original size, shape, and appearance, dental crowns also serve to reinforce and strengthen them when this cannot be accomplished by a filling.
While there are many types of crowns available, natural looking porcelain crowns are the most common we provide for our patients. Not only are they long-lasting and durable, but they can be color matched to your existing teeth.
Why We Recommend Crowns:
Our dentists in Downey, CA recommend dental crowns for a few key reasons. The most common reasons you might need a dental crown include:
A dental bridge is exactly what it sounds like, a bridge that closes the gap between natural, healthy teeth and a missing tooth. It is a non-removable appliance that is frequently used to perfect the appearance of smiles for patients of every age.
There are multiple kinds of dental bridges, used to solve different dental problems.
Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth. Most patients care about dental bridges because of the drastic cosmetic impact they can have. On top of filling the gap created by missing teeth, dental bridges also provides important support and structure to your remaining teeth, which keeps them in-line and prevents any changes to your facial appearance.
Traditional dental bridges
Traditional bridges are the most common type of dental bridge. They are comprised of two or more dental crowns (as anchors) and a filler-tooth. The crowns on either side of the filler tooth are used as support to hold the bridge in place. Typically, a traditional bridge is made of either porcelain fused to metal or a combination of ceramics. If you need a dental bridge, you can be confident that it will last for many years. However, there may be a time when it needs adjustment or re-cementing. This is perfectly normal.
A resin bonded bridge (also known as a Maryland bonded bridge) uses metal wings on either side of the bridge and is most commonly used to replace a missing front tooth.
A cantilever bridge is used when healthy teeth only exist on one side of a gap left by a missing tooth – leaving only one suitable tooth for supporting the dental bridge.
Getting a dental bridge is a bit more complex than a dental crown, and typically takes 3 visits.
The First Visit: The healthy, anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a small amount of enamel to allow for a crown. This strengthens the tooth so it will successfully support the bridge. Next, our dental team will make an accurate mold of your tooth, which is sent to a dental laboratory where dental bridges are created. In the meantime, our dentists will install a temporary bridge which can be worn until your next appointment (usually about 2 or 3 weeks).
The Second Visit: On your second visit, the dental team at My Downey Family Dentist will lay the framework for the bridge. This is called the bridge foundation. In addition, color-matching will be done to ensure the bridge matches your existing teeth, and your temporary bridge will be re-cemented into your mouth.
The Third Visit: On your third visit, the permanent bridge will replace the temporary bridge. After installation, your dentist will adjust, polish, and permanently cement it in place.
After your dental bridge is installed, our doctors will give you thorough instructions on how to make sure it lasts a lifetime.
Do you have questions about dental crowns or bridges? We have answers! Please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly dental team today to learn more about how we can help, or to schedule a consultation.