Affordable Dental Bridges in Costa Mesa, Santa Ana and Newport Beach
Dental bridges are fixed or removable prosthetics which replace missing teeth. Natural teeth, implants, or a combination of teeth and implants can support a dental bridge. Traditionally, dental bridges are placed by creating a crown atop a tooth or implant on each side of the gap made by a missing tooth. A false tooth or teeth is then placed between the crowns, filling the space.
Types of Bridges:
Traditional bridges may be made of either ceramic or porcelain fused to metal. Other types of bridges may be used for different dental needs. A Maryland bonded bridge (also known as a resin-bonded bridge or acid-etched bridge) uses wings (which are bonded to the back of existing teeth) and metal framework to support the false tooth. A cantilever bridge is supported by one or more crowns on a single side of the gap.
The Placement Process:
Part of the tooth is removed in order to make room for the crown that will support the bridge. Some teeth may require root canal treatment prior to placement to ensure a healthy, strong foundation for the crown and bridge. Bridges take at least two visits to place, but cab require more depending on the amount of work needed. During the initial visit, the dentist examines teeth and prepares them for the crown. A temporary crown or “cap” will protect the tooth until the permanent is placed. During this same appointment, the dentist may take impressions used to create your dental bridge.
At a separate appointment, the dentist places the bridge.
How long do bridges last?
When well cared for, bridges last an average of five to seven years. To ensure the health of your bridge, be sure to practice excellent oral hygiene. Cavities are the leading cause of bridge failure. Brush and floss your teeth as instructed for lasting results and a continued healthy smile.
Affordable Dental Crowns in Costa Mesa, Santa Ana and Newport Beach
Dental crowns are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented onto natural teeth or implants. Unlike dentures which may be removed daily for cleaning or rinsing, only a dentist can remove a dental crown.
What are dental crowns used for?
A dental crown covers the entirety of a damaged tooth to provide extra strength and an improved appearance. Crowns may also be placed on implants for a natural tooth-like shape and function. Crowns may be made of porcelain to match natural teeth or made from gold and metal alloys, acrylic, or ceramic. Crowns can:
- Protect a damaged tooth from fracturing
- Replace a filling
- Restore a damaged tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a misshapen or discolored tooth
- Cover an implant
- Cover a tooth after root canal treatment
How are crowns made?
The process of creating a crown begins with an exam to determine if crowns are the right treatment for your dental needs. The dentist looks at the conditions of the tooth, the alignment of the smile, and discusses your options based on budget, aesthetic goals, placement, and more. A material will be decided and an impression of the tooth made. Each crown is custom-made to fit your tooth and your smile. If using porcelain, the dentist will determine the best shade to match your existing teeth for natural-looking results.
Using the impression of the tooth, the crowns are made in a dental lab. A temporary crown may be used to protect your tooth in the meanwhile. The dentist later removes and replaces the temporary with a permanent crown.
How long do dental crowns last?
When well cared for, some crowns can last a lifetime; however, if a crown becomes loose of falls out, it will need to be replaced. The best way to protect your crown (and your natural teeth) is to practice good oral hygiene with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups. Be sure to avoid chewing hard foods or ice immediately after placement of a crown.