Crowns & Bridges
Your teeth have numerous responsibilities. While they are strong and able to perform these functions with ease, they are not impervious to damage. When your teeth suffer damage, not only are their functions affected, they are also at risk for an infection. Damage can even lead to tooth loss. At Newport Dental Group, we can restore the health of your mouth with crowns and bridges.
What are Crowns?
Damaged teeth do more than just impact the quality of your smile. In cases where damage extends past the enamel into the dentin layer of your teeth, your oral health is put at risk. In these cases, tour teeth can be susceptible to splitting or shattering. They can also face serious infections. Crowns are “caps” that are designed to cover the entire visible surface of a damaged tooth. A crown provides a damaged tooth with strength, holds it together, and protects it from infections and further harm. Crowns help to avoid the need for an extraction, which can just add to more complications in certain cases.
What are Crowns Used for?
Crowns can fix a variety of issues including:
What are Crowns Made of?
Crowns are made from several different materials, each with their advantages and disadvantages:
What are Bridges?
When you lose a tooth, your appearance, the functions of your teeth, and your oral health are all affected. You are left with a gap in your smile. Food can get stuck between your healthy teeth, increasing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Your adjacent teeth can also shift from their natural positions into space, throwing off your bite. Bridges provide a solution to all of these issues. They can replace up to three consecutive missing teeth. Bridges consist of a replacement tooth (referred to as the pontic tooth) that is set between two crowns and is typically made from ceramic. The crowns anchor the bridge in place on your adjacent healthy teeth, filling the gap and restoring your smile.
How are Crowns and Bridges Placed?
Crowns and bridges are placed using a similar procedure. Before they can be placed, your teeth (either the damaged tooth or the adjacent healthy teeth) need to be prepared. This is done under a local anesthetic and involves the removal of a portion of the tooth enamel, which helps to create sufficient space for your restorations to fit naturally in with the rest of your smile. Once your teeth have been prepared, an impression is taken. The impression is sent to a lab, where your restorations are designed and created. It can take up to two weeks for your restorations to be complete, so a temporary one will be placed to protect your teeth in the meantime. When your restorations are ready, we check them for fit and cement them in place.
Both crowns and bridges are designed to restore the health of your mouth and the quality of your smile. For more information, call Newport Dental Group today at (949) 574-0100.