Patients often wonder what to do when their teeth become infected, damaged, or even fall out, due to various oral health issues. Their first question is usually how to save the tooth, and maintain a beautiful smile. There are some alternatives to crowns, such as onlays, but dental crowns and bridges are the most effective solution to restore the functionality and strength of your teeth. If you live in Sunnyvale, CA, visit our clinic for stellar customer service and equally brilliant smiles.
Often dental crowns are placed over the unhealthy tooth, but can also be cemented to a dental implant. Essentially, it is a cap made of ceramic and/or metal materials that is designed to look like a real tooth. Choosing the type of material for your new tooth depends on the location of the crown. When patients get restorative dentistry for a front tooth, they will often go for an all-ceramic crown because it looks more natural. Ceramic-on-metal is commonly chosen due to the durability and longevity that metal can provide for your crown. (Call our offices for more information about the types of crowns offered)
Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth by bridging the gap in your smile. If necessary, it’s also possible to use a dental bridge between dental implants. The “bridge” itself is a piece that replicates natural-looking gums, which is where the new tooth is secured. This is held in place by two crowns on the adjacent teeth. This process is a good alternative if you don’t want to undergo surgery. Of course, the new tooth is made of ceramic or porcelain and matches the appearance of your natural teeth.
Planning ahead is recommended when you are undergoing a dental crown or bridge procedure. We recommend that you take a day or two off from work, as it’s normal to experience tooth sensitivity after the process. We wouldn’t want your procedure to get in the way of your professional commitments.
When we fit a crown or bridge, it will match the shape and colour of your natural teeth. We recommend getting your teeth whitened before the procedure if you are doing it for cosmetic reasons. This ensures you won’t have a discolored tooth if you choose a whitening process later on. Since crowns are stain and bleach resistant, they’ll be consistent for the entire time you have them.
During the process
At Trident Smiles Dental, we employ high quality dentists that can maintain cosmetic standards while also ensuring healthy and happy teeth. It’s important to our patients that their smiles aren’t sacrificed during any procedures, so this is one of our main priorities while tending to oral health issues. We offer the option of sedation during the process of getting a dental crown or bridge, so that you can lay back in your chair with ease.
Dental crowns and dental bridges have a similar procedure that involves first making an appointment at our dental office in Sunnyvale. Your dentist will take an impression of the tooth and have it made in the dental lab. Then we will prepare the tooth by removing some of the enamel. We have to do this so that when the crown is placed it doesn’t cause the other teeth to move. While we wait for your new dental crown to come back from the lab, we will fit you with a temporary crown for about 2 weeks. Chew your food and brush your teeth carefully while you have the temporary crown, as it is glued with the intent to come off!
Your dentist will begin the restorative dental procedure after removing the temporary crown. We need to secure the dental crown and then bond it to your tooth with cement, providing a durable and long-lasting replacement. A dental bridge also requires that we bond the tooth with cement, so that the crowns can support the bridge and ensure the new tooth functions well. Whether your needs are cosmetic or related to oral health, at Trident Smiles we prioritize natural-looking durability and longevity.