At Town Center Dental, we use custom-made dental crowns and bridges to repair damaged or missing teeth and restore your smile. Crowns cover a tooth that has broken or been badly damaged, while a bridge replaces one or more missing teeth in a row. If oral bacteria reach and infect the inner pulp of the tooth, our dentist may perform a root canal to remove the infected tissue, seal the area to prevent further infection, and then use a crown to restore the tooth’s structure and strength.
Both dental crowns and bridges restore your ability to chew and speak properly. They can improve the appearance of your smile and prevent remaining teeth from shifting out of position.
A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, and strength and improve its appearance. When cemented in place, a crown fully encases the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
Typically used in cases where the tooth is severely damaged by decay or physical trauma, crowns are also used to cover misshapen teeth, protect a weak tooth from breaking, restore an already broken tooth, cover and support a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining structure left to place the filling, conceal discoloration or stains that cannot be removed with teeth whitening, and even replace missing teeth (implant-supported crown).
After you consult with our dentist to determine if a crown suits your needs, your tooth will be prepared for this procedure, and then an impression of your prepared tooth will be taken. This impression will be used to create your customized crown, constructed from high-quality ceramic material. Once it is manufactured, the crown is bonded to your prepared tooth with cement.
Dental bridges replace missing teeth, ensuring proper bite alignment and improving the smile's appearance. If you have one or more missing teeth, a bridge may be the appropriate restoration for your needs.
Bridges are cemented in the mouth and can only be removed by a dentist. They are permanent restorations and use crowns placed on the adjacent teeth for support. Some patients choose bridges to replace one tooth, while others may choose them to replace several consecutive teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Crowns and Bridges
Our dentist uses crowns to repair damaged teeth after their integrity has been affected by tooth decay or injury and bridges to replace one or more missing teeth. These treatments help restore the tooth's original strength and look while simultaneously restoring its function. Both procedures are straightforward, and any pain or discomfort is managed with local anesthesia or sedation.
After the procedure, patients can eat, speak, and smile just as they did before. They also experience a boost in confidence because their teeth look healthy and beautiful. Ultimately, patients receiving either treatment are usually happier with their results than they ever thought they would be!
To learn more about the benefits of dental crowns and bridges, visit Town Center Dental at 301 E Cook St, Ste F, Santa Maria, CA 93454, or call (805) 925-2652.