Whether you have a damaged tooth in need of support or need to replace a tooth that’s missing entirely, crowns and bridges are some of the most versatile tools available to the team at Fuller Smiles. If you’re in need of restorative dental care, call or make an appointment online today, and visit the team of experienced dentists at their offices in Culver City, Long Beach, or Rancho Cucamonga, California.
A crown is a cap, shaped like a tooth, that’s placed over a damaged or decayed tooth to support and protect it. Dental crowns can be made of a variety of materials, including metal, zirconium, and even porcelain and ceramic options that look just like your real teeth. You can talk to your Fuller Smiles dentist about which material is right for you.
Once fully cemented into place, a dental crown covers your tooth all the way to the gum line and restores the function and appearance of your tooth.
A dental crown may be necessary if:
Dental crowns are also used to hold dental bridges in place.
A dental bridge spans the gap left behind when you’re missing one or more teeth. A dental bridge featuring a false tooth is typically attached to crowns, which are cemented to healthy teeth on either side of the gap. The bridge itself, also called a pontic, may be made of metal, porcelain or some combination of them both.
When you need a dental crown, your Fuller Smiles dentist will first examine your teeth and take X-rays to confirm the tooth can support a crown. If it can, the first step is to anesthetize the tooth and surrounding area, then shape the tooth so that a crown will be able to fit on it securely. Then, your dentist will make a mold so that the crown fits perfectly.
There are several different options for the material your crown will be made of. Some can be fabricated right in the office, while others will take a couple of weeks to be constructed off-site. Once your crown is ready, your dentist will make sure that the fit is perfect before cementing it into place.
When having a bridge put in, the first steps are almost identical to a crown. Your dentist will identify the adjacent healthy teeth that support the bridge, called the abutment teeth, and shape them so that they can support crowns. A mold is then made to ensure a perfect fit, and your bridge is constructed.
If you have a damaged or missing tooth, find out what a crown or bridge could do for you at Fuller Smiles today.