Dental crowns and bridges are among the most common types of restorations. Their necessity brings many residents of Pleasant Hill, California, to the care of Nupur Gupta, DDS. The team at Perfect Smiles Dental of Pleasant Hill can create gorgeous crowns and bridges to restore your smile and make it look and feel amazing. Schedule your personalized appointment today online or by phone, and begin looking forward to your renewed smile.
Crowns and Bridges Q & A
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is an artificial cap that is secured over the surface of your natural tooth. The exterior of a crown is shaped, sized, and shaded to match your natural teeth, and a high quality crown is virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth.
There are many dental issues that can be solved with a custom crown. Some examples include:
- Weakened or worn down tooth
- Tooth that is chipped or cracked
- Tooth with a large filling
- Severely decayed tooth
- Severe discoloration
- Irregular shape or size
A crown can often save a tooth that might otherwise need to be extracted. The process of getting a crown begins with imaging or impressions. Dr. Gupta removes a small portion of your tooth enamel to make room for the crown.
The crown is crafted to fit your bite. Once it is checked for fit and cemented into place, it covers all of your natural tooth tissue right to the gumline. Your new crown requires no special care other than your normal oral health routines.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a restorative option that replaces missing teeth. The device is made of one or more false teeth, called pontics, which are attached to a dental crown on each side to secure it in place.
The process for getting a bridge is the same as having a crown installed. There are options that only require a crown on one side, but most bridges are secured into place by one crown on either side.
Many people choose a dental bridge as an alternative to dental implants. Bridgework is far less expensive than implants, and while your bridge will eventually need to be replaced, you can expect many years of durability for a fraction of the price of implants.
Some men and women are not good candidates for implants. This may be due to extensive bone loss or a medical condition that makes oral surgery risky. For these people, bridges can restore their smiles.
How do I know if a crown or bridge is the right fit for me?
When you come in for your comprehensive exam, Dr. Gupta will discuss your treatment needs and goals. She explains the process for getting crowns or bridgework, and discusses the pros and cons of each option.
Patient education is a foundation of the practice at Perfect Smiles Dental of Pleasant Hill. You’ll receive all the details you need to make an informed decision about your care. You are also encouraged to ask questions and express any concerns prior to selecting a course of action.
If you’re ready to explore crowns, bridges, or other restorative options in greater detail, come in for a face-to-face consultation today. Online scheduling is available, or you are always welcome to call and speak with a member of the administrative staff.