Crowns and bridges are the best ways to improve and protect your teeth and maintain your natural bite. If you have a damaged tooth or severe decay and think you might need a crown or a bridge, Vachik Danoukh, DMD, Parham Mansouri, DDS, MS, and the expert dentists at 360 Dental can help. Book your dental exam at this Van Nuys, California, practice by clicking on the online scheduler. You can also call the clinic directly.
A crown is a cover for a damaged tooth. It’s sculpted to the shape of your original tooth and can improve your tooth’s appearance and strength. The crown is placed on top of the original tooth, completely covering the area of the tooth that can be seen above the gum line. It's sealed in place with a special cement.
You might need a bridge if you have a missing tooth. A bridge has anchors, called abutments, that attach to your surrounding teeth. The gap where you’re missing a tooth is filled in with a crown that “bridges” your teeth together and restores your natural bite.
The caring dentists at 360 Dental may recommend a crown or bridge for a variety of reasons. Dental crowns and bridges can restore your smile's beauty. They can also be reliable solutions for teeth that need strengthening.
For instance, a crown can cover a dark or misshapen tooth for cosmetic purposes, or even protect a dental implant. Crowns can cover and protect a weak or cracked natural tooth, and can strengthen teeth that are at risk of breaking or that have weakened due to large fillings.
A bridge is the best solution if you’re already missing a tooth, or need to have a tooth pulled. It fills in the gap where you’re missing a tooth, so your surrounding teeth don’t shift.
Dental crown and bridge construction has advanced over the years. Crowns and bridges can be fashioned out of many materials, including:
The choice of material (or materials) depends on multiple factors. For instance, ceramic and porcelain crowns most closely resemble your natural tooth color and texture. Crowns and bridges made of these materials can blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile, they’re generally more costly, though.
Alternatively, metal crowns are sturdy and able to withstand the impact of biting and chewing. But because of their noticeable color, they’re usually reserved for use in the back of your mouth. Your dedicated practitioner at 360 Dental helps you decide which type of crown or bridge is best for your specific needs.
A dental crown or bridge procedure generally requires at least 2-3 visits to your dentist at 360 Dental. The first visit includes digital X-rays, so your dentist can assess the health of the tooth that requires the crown or bridge.
Next, your dentist administers local anesthesia, then files down or builds up the tooth, so that the crown or bridge can be attached properly. After that, your dentist makes an impression of your teeth, which a lab uses to manufacture the crown or bridge.
Your dentist fabricates a temporary crown to safeguard your tooth (if needed) until your permanent crown or bridge is completed. During your next visit to 360 Dental, your dentist permanently bonds your crown or bridge to your tooth and makes any essential adjustments.
Sometimes, the team wants you to come back in one more time, just to ensure your crown or bridge is fitting properly. They can always make any essential adjustments if you find that your crown or bridge is rubbing or feeling uncomfortable in certain areas.
Would you like to learn more about dental crowns and bridges? Think you might need a crown replaced? Contact the experienced professionals at 360 Dental or make an appointment online.