Bridges & Crowns
We can replace missing or damaged teeth with attractive, natural looking crowns and bridges. Missing teeth can cause dental and health problems, and after a comprehensive evaluation of your particular needs, a crown or bridge may be the right solution for your dental issues.
When the structure of a tooth is compromised by decay or damage, a dental crown or “cap” is used to cover the entire surface of a tooth. The purpose of a crown is to restore or improve shape, size, and function. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for proper function.
Crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the visible portion of the tooth that lies at or above the gum line. Most teeth treated for root canal therapy require a crown to hold a tooth together after treatment. Porcelain or ceramic crowns are matched to the color of your natural teeth.
Reasons for a crown include:
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Decayed teeth
- Fractured or large fillings
- Coverage over an implant
- Root canal treatment
We use bridges to fill in the spaces left by missing teeth. A pontic, or artificial tooth, fills in the missing space and is held in place by crowns that are either affixed to the adjacent (abutment) teeth or to dental implants.
Placing Your Bridge or Crown
After preparation of a tooth or teeth for a crown or bridge, we will take an impression to provide an exact mold of your teeth for the dental laboratory. If porcelain or ceramic is to be used, we will determine the correct shade for the crown or bridge to match the color of your existing teeth. Then a comfortable, natural-looking temporary crown or temporary bridge is fabricated and placed to protect the prepared teeth until the permanent crown or bridge is made at the laboratory. The next appointment would be to cement the new crown or bridge permanently into place.
Crowns and bridges are designed to last a lifetime, yet they can become loose or fall out if the underlying bone becomes unhealthy. To ensure the longevity of your crown or bridge, good oral hygiene and regular check-ups are strongly recommended.
Call Our Office Today
Concerned about the structure of your teeth? Please call our Pacific Heights dental office today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Afshin Rahimi.