Crowns and Bridges - Recreating Healthy Smiles at Yorba Linda
Healthy teeth ensure good chewing functions, better oral health and improved quality of living. When teeth are damaged, decayed or lost, their functionality and oral health are compromised. Dentists focus on restoring/replacing damaged/missing natural teeth with appropriate dental restorations. Porcelain dental bridges and dental crowns are among the most widely used restorations for this purpose. Each of these restorations has unique applications in its functional areas. At our Yorba Linda dental office, our dentist makes use of both these restorations appropriately to restore lost/damaged natural teeth of our patients. We have been successful in protecting the teeth and creating healthy smiles in our patients from Yorba Linda, Placentia and surrounding communities through our dental restoration procedures.
Dental Crowns Yorba Linda California
Crowns are caps that are fabricated to be fixed over the natural teeth or dental implants. Crowns cover the visible part of the teeth, which is above the gum-line. They are used as a protective shield, functional aid and to gain aesthetic advantage during the course of smile makeover. Our dentist recommends porcelain crowns for a number of purposes, which include but are not limited to protecting teeth and improving oral health.
Following are some of the cases that may require a dental crown.
- To save a tooth which is broken into pieces
- To save a severely decayed tooth
- To save a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment
- To reshape a misshapen tooth
- To mask a discolored tooth
- Fixed over dental implant as a replacement to lost tooth
Dental crowns – The need
Dental crowns are very effective in protecting natural teeth and supporting its functions. A crown can be fabricated to exactly replicate the appearance of natural tooth crown. By covering the decayed or damaged natural tooth using a dental crown, dentists ensure that the tooth and its root are safe. If left untreated, a broken or severely damaged tooth may fall out. This can create an imbalance in the dentition and cause bone resorption over a long term, which is undesirable for oral health. The dental crown can act as a shield to weak tooth and bear bite loads.
Dental bridge is a restoration that replaces lost tooth. A bridge has one or two anchoring crowns that are attached to a false tooth. The false tooth is the replacement for lost tooth and the anchoring crowns are used to hold the restoration in place. The dental bridge can be supported by natural teeth or by dental implants. Once in place, a dental bridge can last for 10 years or more depending on how the patient cares for it. The restoration can wonderfully aid chewing functions and prevent the nearby teeth from moving towards the gap created from tooth loss. At our dental office, we restore lost tooth using porcelain dental bridges. These restorations have both functional and cosmetic benefits. Therefore our restorations not only replace the lost tooth but can also beautify the smile.
Dental crowns and bridges – Restoration procedure
While dental crowns and bridges are two different restorations that have different applications, the restoration procedure is almost the same for both. The first phase of the process involves teeth preparation, which is done with the help of local anesthesia. Dentist uses different types of instruments to reduce the size of the natural teeth such that dental crowns/anchoring crowns can be fixed over them. Impressions of the prepared tooth/teeth are taken. A temporary dental bridge/crown is prepared at our office using acrylic. This temporary protects the prepared tooth until the next dental visit.
Porcelain crowns and bridges look very natural. The material has the property of reflecting more light and it can withstand a decent amount of bite load. For these reasons porcelain restorations are most widely preferred for front teeth. During the second visit, the dentist removes the temporary crown/bridge and cleans the natural teeth. The permanent crown/bridge that is fabricated in the lab by technicians is checked for fit. Once our dentist confirms the fit of the restoration, it is cemented over the natural tooth.