Crowns and Bridges at Westwood Dental Smiles
Crowns and bridges are permanent restorations for damaged or missing teeth. Westwood Dental Smiles prosthodontist Dr. Anderkvist may recommend a dental crown procedure or bridge if the tooth is too weak and damaged to support a filling, or the tooth needs to be extracted and restored.
While veneers fix cosmetic problems, dental crowns bring back function as well as appearance. A crown is a tooth-colored cap that encases the visible part of the tooth. They can be made of porcelain , zirconia or gold. Your dentist in Los Angeles may recommend crowns if there is severe damage and the tooth is too weak to support fillings or onlays. Crowns fulfill many roles: they reinforce and protect a weak tooth, restore a tooth after endodontic therapy, and cover dental implants. They are also used to build a fixed permanent bridge.
At Westwood Dental Smiles, our ceramists use only high-grade porcelain to create veneers and crowns that look and function like your natural teeth. Porcelain mimics the transparency of tooth enamel and the way it reflects light. No other material can create a healthier, more natural look.
Before designing the types of dental crown, your dentist will examine your mouth and take Dental X-Rays. The tooth is cleaned and prepped, and an impression or scan is taken. You’ll wear a temporary covering while the tooth crown is being made in the dental laboratory. On your next visit, the finished crown is cemented into place.
A bridge or partial denture is a device composed of linked crowns that replaces one or more missing teeth. The crown in the middle replaces the missing tooth, while the two adjacent crowns support it. Sometimes, two crowns on one side support the replacement tooth. The bridge can also be supported by dental implants instead of crowns. Dental Bridges are designed to fill gaps left by missing teeth. If you have several missing teeth in a row, consider a partial denture or an implant-supported denture.
Do You Need a Crown or Bridge?
Dr.Anderkvist will help you decide on the restoration that is right for you. If the tooth structure is intact and there is only partial damage, a special kind of laboratory made partial crown called an inlay or onlay may be used to bring back function.
Crowns and Bridges – part of preventative endodontics
Crowns and bridges are basically indicated whenever a tooth is heavily decayed, when the composite restorations are not going to withstand chewing forces, or whenever a patient is breaking those teeth. For those circumstances dental crowns or dental bridges would be indicated. It also depends if there are any missing teeth in that area, that is when a bridge would be a great option. If there are no missing teeth then a single crown would be a great choice.
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