When you have a missing tooth, the resulting gap could weaken your bite and the surrounding teeth, leading to additional tooth loss. Dental crowns and bridges offer the best solution to fill the spaces and help get back your smile when you have impaired or missing teeth. Various crown and bridge types will work best in certain situations.
What Is a Crown?
A crown is a cap that is designed to cover the damaged tooth and endure the chewing forces that a normal tooth must endure. They are secured over a tooth to restore its shape, size, and strength, thus enhancing its appearance. When bonded into place, the crowns fully cover the entire visible portion of the tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
When Is a Dental Crown Required?
- Broken or decayed teeth need to be restored.
- A fractured tooth needs to be held together.
- A tooth is damaged, cracked, or severely worn down and needs to be restored.
- A huge filling has to be covered and supported while there isn’t much left of the tooth.
- To secure a dental bridge in position.
- The appearance of misshaped or severely stained teeth needs to be improved cosmetically.
- To serve as the tooth-like component of a dental implant.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a restorative device fabricated as a prosthetic tooth or teeth to fit between two crowns permanently. The bridge plugs the gap left by one or more missing teeth. They help to enhance the aesthetics and functionality of your teeth and smile.
Why Select A Fixed Bridge?
- A dental bridge will help you to chew efficiently.
- It helps restore a smile.
- It helps enable you to communicate clearly.
- It helps preserve the contour of a patient’s face.
- It will help keep other teeth from getting misaligned.
How Are Crowns and Bridges Fitted?
For a crown or bridge to be fixed, Dr. Kevin D. Fong, DDS would reshape the tooth’s surface to allow for the correct fitting of a crown or a bridge. Once the reshaping is done, the tooth’s impressions are taken to create an exact mold for the bridge or crown. These digital impressions are sent to a dental lab for their construction.
Meanwhile, a temporary crown or bridge will be placed to hide the gaps left by the missing teeth. The construction of the crowns or bridges may take a couple of weeks.
Once the permanent crowns or bridges are prepared, they are fastened over the prepared tooth. Special adhesives are used to cement the restorative appliances. With this, the structure, bite, and appearance of your smile are reinstated.
Call Kevin D. Fong, DDS at phone number (510) 783-1572 or schedule an online appointment. Email us at: [email protected] to know more about crowns and bridges.