Crowns and bridges are the leading ways to restore the health of your natural teeth and bite. If you have a damaged tooth or are missing a tooth, experienced dentist John Rezaei, DMD, provides bridge and crown treatments to his patients at Dana Niguel Dental in Dana Point, California. The team at Dana Niguel Dental offers flexible scheduling for dental exams. You can book your crown or bridge evaluation by calling the office or by using the online scheduling feature.
Bridges help close up a gap in your bite if you’re missing a tooth or need to have a tooth pulled. The bridge attaches to your surrounding teeth, called abutments, and serves as anchor supports. Your new “false tooth” that’s attached to the bridge is called a pontic tooth. It essentially acts as a placeholder so your surrounding teeth don’t shift and affect your overall bite.
Crowns are individual caps or covers for your teeth. You might need a crown to close up a large opening after having a sizable cavity removed, or after a root canal procedure. Crowns are also essential for permanently covering dental implants after the implant is healed.
Getting a crown usually takes a couple of visits to Dana Niguel Dental. After taking X-rays, Dr. Rezaei examines the root of the tooth and surrounding bone to ensure it can support your new crown. If he finds your teeth have significant decay, he may recommend a root canal before he places your crown.
Dr. Rezaei numbs the tissue surrounding the tooth receiving the crown and reshapes it as needed. He then takes digital impressions of your teeth, which are sent to a lab that manufactures your unique crown in about three weeks. You return for another appointment so Dr. Rezaei can assess the health of your teeth and ensure they are ready for your crown placement. At your final appointment with Dr. Rezaei, he fits the crown and cements it in place.
In your first visit, Dr. Rezaei prepares your abutment teeth by shaving down the enamel on each tooth to allow room for the crown material. He takes digital impressions of your teeth that are sent to a lab to create your custom bridge. In the meantime, you might wear a temporary bridge until they come in.
You return for another visit with Dr. Rezaei and he makes sure your gums and teeth are in healthy shape to support your new bridge. At your final appointment, he carefully places and cements your new bridge.
Crowns are designed to last a lifetime and don’t decay since they’re made from artificial porcelain and ceramic materials. But your underlying tooth and gum tissue can certainly become infected, which can affect your crown and cause it to break or fall off. If your crown does fall off, Dr. Rezaei might be able to rebond it if your underlying tooth and gum tissue are healthy. In cases of decay or infection, or if the crown is damaged, you may need it replaced.
Dental bridges are long-lasting, too. If you have a bridge in place, expect it to last for 10 years or more — as long as you follow optimal oral hygiene practices. To protect crowns and bridges it’s important to brush and floss regularly, as well as schedule professional exams and cleanings twice a year.
If you know you need a bridge or crown, schedule an evaluation at Dana Niguel Dental either by calling the office or by using the online scheduler.