Are you considering dental crowns or bridges to replace missing teeth? Crowns and bridges are both excellent choices for many men and women, and they might be the right choice for you too. Mimi Theerathada, DMD, at Westlake Smile Studio in Westlake Village, California, is highly trained and ready to answer your dental crown and bridge questions. Call or schedule an appointment online if you think you might need a crown or a bridge.
A dental crown is also called a "cap." It's placed on top of a damaged tooth. It's crafted to look like the original tooth and can strengthen the tooth and restore its appearance. The crown fits over the tooth and is cemented into place so that the original tooth is completely encased.
Dental bridges, on the other hand, are sets of prosthetic teeth that are used to “bridge” gaps in your smile. They are custom-made to match the appearance of healthy, natural-looking teeth and can significantly enhance your smile.
Dr. Theerathada at Westlake Smile Studio may recommend a crown in a variety of situations. A crown can cover a strangely-shaped or dark tooth, or a dental implant.
Crowns are more than cosmetic solutions. They can cover and protect a weak or cracked natural tooth. Teeth with large fillings and little natural tooth remaining are especially susceptible to breaking, but a crown can prevent this from happening. Whether you need a crown to improve the look of your smile or the functionality of a tooth, a dental crown can safeguard teeth.
Dr. Theerathada at Westlake Smile Studio may recommend a bridge as an option to replace missing teeth. Beyond the cosmetic benefits of filling gaps in your smile, bridges also help combat oral health risks posed by missing teeth, including tooth shifting, bone loss, and facial drooping.
A dental crown or bridge procedure generally requires at least two visits to the dentist. During the first appointment, your Westlake Smile Studio professional will take X-rays to evaluate the condition of the tooth or teeth in question.
Next, your dentist will administer anesthesia, then file down or build up the tooth so that the crown can be attached properly or in order to create sufficient room for your new bridge. After that, Dr. Theerathada makes an impression of your teeth, which is sent to the dental lab and used to construct a custom, metal-free crown or bridge. She then places a temporary crown over your tooth until the permanent crown is completed.
When you come back in for a follow-up visit, Dr. Theerathada bonds the crown onto your affected tooth or cements your bridge to surrounding teeth to act as anchors for the appliance.
Getting a dental crown or bridge can be a simple, easy process. To discuss your crown options, contact Westlake Smile Studio or make an appointment online.