Flintridge Dental Group

Dental Crowns and Bridges

Dental Crowns and Bridges

Tooth Crown & Tooth Bridge Treatment

At Flintridge Dental Group, we provide dental crowns and bridges solutions. We create customized dental crowns and bridges for the patients who have the problem of missing teeth, fractured, damaged or decayed tooth. Our tooth crowns and tooth bridges look and feel like a natural tooth. These treatments are very helpful for long-term solutions to major dental problems. No matter how complex your dental condition is, we are here to improve your dental health and appearance with our dental crowns and bridges solutions. Schedule an appointment with us or contact us to discuss your cosmetic goals, perform a comprehensive examination of your dental health to ensure that you receive exactly the care to restore your attractive and natural smile.

Porcelain Crowns

Dental crowns and bridges are shaped like a tooth, which is cemented over your tooth permanently. Porcelain crowns are cemented to restore the strength, size, shape, and appearance of your tooth. The tooth crown will cover the visible portion of the tooth above and right at the gum line, once it is cemented into place.

Dental crowns and bridges are cemented to hold your weak and broken teeth to avoid any other fracture. Crowns are used to support fillings, bridges, or cover discolored and deformed teeth. The advantage of crowns is that it can also be placed over dental implants. Mostly, you need to visit twice to your dentist for installing a crown. During your first visit, your dentist prepares the tooth or implant for the dental crown.

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Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a false tooth (called a pontic) used to replace one or more missing teeth. The pontic is centered between two attached porcelain crowns, to create a fixed tooth bridge. The fixed bridge is permanently cemented to the two teeth on either side of the tooth gap.

These dental bridges are helpful to replace one or more missing teeth in your mouth. Tooth bridges are fixed, in that, they are cemented on the supporting teeth, or in some cases fixed on the dental implant that has been placed next to the missing teeth. 

There are several different types of dental bridges. Oral health specialist of Flintridge Dental Group can recommend you the best option as per mouth condition. We also examine the location of your missing teeth or tooth:

Here, at Flintridge Dental Group, we will grind to shape your tooth to get the tooth crown fitted over it. After this, we make impressions of your tooth and its surrounding gums. We send those impressions to our dental laboratory for the creation of your dental crown. Until your permanent crown is ready, we put a temporary crown on your tooth. Finally, on your second visit, we remove our temporary crown and cement the permanent crown over your tooth.

Usually, dental Crowns last about five to eight years, but at Flintridge Dental Group we provide the oral hygiene consultation which can give your crowns to last for a long time period. Certain habits such as chewing ice, and grinding teeth can damage the crown and these type of habits should be avoided.

As you age, your teeth age too. Some certain problems like decay, trauma, or fillings can break down your teeth over time. Porcelain dental crown is a cover that is placed over a tooth. It protects a weakened tooth from further fracturing and deteriorating. A porcelain tooth crown can be used to protect your tooth that had a root canal. New porcelain is to replace the old defective crown.
Porcelain crowns resemble the shape and color of your teeth. They are also considered as the most patient’s aesthetic choice.

The Dental Crown Treatment

Normally, crown takes your two visits to your dentist. On your first visit, your dentist will shape and prepare the tooth so the tooth crown can properly fit over it. After taking the impressions of your tooth, a temporary crown is fitted to protect your tooth. With these impressions, dental lab design a custom-fit permanent crown for you.

During the second visit, this permanent crown is placed. If you are satisfied with the shape and color of the crown then the dentist will cement the crown permanently into place.

Porcelain Crown Post Treatment Expectations

It is very common to feel some discomfort and difference after completing your crown treatment. For few day, you also feel little bit pain while chewing and sensitivity to temperature change. If you don’t feel right in your bite then you should contact your dentist.

Cleaning Your Crown

The long existence of the crown in your mouth depends on the large part of the material in tooth crown and your oral hygiene. It also depends on your diet and the health of the supporting tooth and gums. It is important to maintain all of your teeth with proper brushing and flossing.

  • Traditional bridge – a false tooth centered between two attached porcelain crowns
  • Resin bonded – Resin bonded is also known as a Maryland bridge. In Resin bonded, false teeth are fused together into metal bands. Then the false teeth are bonded to the back of the teeth on either side of the gap. This type of bridge is ideal when the missing teeth are in the front of the mouth.
  • Cantilever – Cantilever is a type of bridge created to attach to only one tooth. It is attached to either side of the tooth gap.

Importance of Replacing the Missing Teeth

It will help in restoring your ability of properly chewing. Besides, replacing the missing teeth has many cosmetic advantages like it helps to improve the space which allows the surrounding teeth to shift into that space. This shifting can also create misalignment in your mouth and create many problems in your jaw joint. These shifted teeth are very harder to clean and create gum disease in your mouth. It can also cause to even additional tooth loss.

The Dental Bridge Treatment

Usually, it takes two or more visits to complete your dental bridge. On your first visit, your supporting teeth are prepared, which are on either side of your missing tooth. This process is implemented to make some room for the crowns. And these crowns are also considered as holders of the pontic.

Next, the impressions of the supporting teeth are taken and a dental laboratory can create a custom fit bridge. Then a temporary dental bridge is inserted in your mouth, which protects your supporting teeth.

On your second visit, we placed the permanent tooth bridge and adjust to ensure the proper fitting. If your bridge is satisfactory then the permanent bridge is cemented.

Dental Bridge Post Treatment Expectations

It feels some discomfort after dental bridge treatment. For few day, you have to suffer from a mild pain while chewing and feel sensitivity to temperature change. As advised by your dentist, you can take over-the-counter pain medicine, such as Advil that contains ibuprofen, to alleviate the discomfort. If these symptoms persist for more than a few days, you should visit your dentist.

Cleaning Your Dental Bridge

The longevity of your dental bridge depends in large part on the quality of the material in the tooth bridge, as well as your oral hygiene, diet and the health of the supporting teeth and gums. Please ask your dentist for proper brushing and flossing techniques.

Benefits of Dental Crowns and Bridges

A dental crown is a restoration practice that is tooth-shaped and designed to cover the entire damaged tooth. On the other side, a dental bridge is a restoration that is used to replace your missing teeth or tooth.
Following are the major benefits of dental crowns and bridges:

  • Dental crowns and bridges can restore your smile back with better appearance and functions.
  • Dental crowns and bridges give your damaged teeth a strength and resilience.
  • Dental crowns and bridges give you a good facial shape and appearance.
  • Dental crowns and bridges can improve the overall look of your smile.
  • Dental crowns and bridges give you self-confidence and a good personality.