Dental Crowns and Bridges

When teeth are damaged or missing, some type of restorative dental work might be needed. Depending on your particular situation, you might need either a dental crown or bridge. Both of these permanent restorative treatments serve as prosthetic teeth and provide patients with both the form and function of their natural teeth. Unlike a denture, which is removable, both crowns and bridges are cemented into place so they are permanent.

There are a number of reasons you might need a dental crown or bridge. Perhaps you need to strengthen a damaged tooth, or maybe you have a tooth that is missing and the space needs to be filled before it impacts your other teeth. Whatever the reason, it is important to take care of any issues before additional problems arise. Talk to Dr. Roy Chun about how a dental crown or bridge can take care of your missing or damaged teeth.

What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a “cap” made in the shape of a tooth. It is placed over a prepared tooth structure to improve both strength and appearance. Often used to replace a filling that is so large very little of your tooth is left, a dental crown saves your natural tooth and reinforces the tooth structure. There are other uses for dental crowns, including restoration of extremely worn teeth or covering misshapen or discolored teeth. A dental crown might also be used to hold a dental bridge in place.

Dr. Chun provides his patients with custom-made, ceramic dental crowns. These durable, high-quality crowns are very similar in structure to your natural teeth and will be the same color as the surrounding teeth, blending in seamlessly.

What Are the Steps Involved with Getting a Dental Crown?

If you need a dental crown, the first step will be to prepare the tooth. Dr. Chun may take a few x-rays to ensure the tooth root and surrounding bone are still healthy. If they are not, a root canal may be performed first.

Before the crown is made, the tooth must be prepared to receive it, so the tooth will be filed down along the top and sides to make room. After reshaping the tooth, Dr. Chun will make an impression of the remaining tooth structure with a paste or putty so a crown can be custom-made just for you. You will get a temporary crown that will stay in place for a few weeks until the permanent crown is ready.

After the permanent crown is ready to be placed, Dr. Chun will remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent crown into place. It will be virtually undetectable because it will blend seamlessly with your other teeth.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

For those are missing one or more teeth, Dr. Chun might recommend a bridge. The purpose of a bridge is to fill in the gap between missing teeth. It is important to take care of spaces in the mouth left from missing teeth as the gap can cause the rest of your teeth to shift, negatively impacting your bite and ultimately leading to additional tooth loss. A bridge will be permanently cemented to dental crowns that have been placed over your existing teeth. The bridge will be made to match your natural teeth and will be unnoticeable.

Contact Us for a Customized Restorative Treatment Plan

If you have damaged or missing teeth, Dr. Chun may recommend a dental bridge or dental crown as part of your restorative treatment. Both of these procedures are performed under local anesthesia right in our office. Give us a call today to talk about restorative treatment.