At Foothill Dental Care, dental crowns and bridges help replace missing teeth and repair damaged ones. If you have a large cavity, a failing filling, or a tooth broken due to trauma, a crown can help restore it and make it functional again. A bridge may be a good tooth replacement option if missing one or more teeth. A bridge replaces a single tooth or several consecutive missing teeth in a row. They are cemented into position and cannot be removed. For this reason, they are typically only placed in the back of your mouth, where they will not be seen when you smile or talk. Bridges help restore your ability to chew food properly and speak clearly.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, and strength while improving its aesthetic. It may also protect a weak or fractured tooth from further damage. The crown will be placed on top of the natural tooth after it has been reshaped to fit inside the new covering. Dental crowns can be made from several materials, including precious metals like gold, porcelain, resin, and other ceramic materials.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns
Teeth that are decayed, chipped, cracked, or fractured may be restored with dental crowns. Dental crowns strengthen and protect your teeth and are customized to fit your smile perfectly.
Broken teeth can be repaired with dental crowns, while missing teeth can be replaced with permanent dental crowns.
A dental bridge is a type of fixed prosthetic that is used to replace missing teeth. A bridge comprises one or more false teeth, called pontics, supported by dental crowns on each side. These crowns fit over the natural teeth or abutments. The abutments are then attached to the implant posts of the restoration. The result is a natural-looking set of replacement teeth.
Dental bridges are custom-made for every patient. They are made from impressions of the mouth to replicate the size and shape of a patient’s smile. A dental lab will use these impressions to create a restoration that will fit comfortably in the mouth. The bridge is affixed to the teeth using dental cement. Once in place, it should function like the patient’s natural teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is a fixed dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth in a row with a prosthetic tooth, called a pontic, and dental crowns on either side of the gap. This dental work restores a patient’s ability to chew and speak properly while improving the appearance of their smile. Bridges also help prevent complications such as shifting teeth, bite problems, and jaw joint issues when teeth are lost or left unreplaced.
Visit Foothill Dental Care: Jean Lee, DDS, at 6581 Foothill Blvd, Tujunga, CA 91042, or call (818) 353-1125 to learn more about bridges or crowns and how they can benefit you!