Dental Crowns & Bridges
Patients in need of flawlessly repaired or replaced teeth have received high quality dental crowns and fixed bridges for decades. Today, dentists are still using crowns and bridges to recreate lost tooth structures, protect damaged teeth, and keep patients smiling. If you’re a patient of Megan A. Shelton, DMD and the Polished General Dentistry team, you know that we pride ourselves on offering dental care that delivers beautiful smiles. That includes crowns and bridges that look, feel, and function just like your natural, healthy teeth. If you ever experience dental damage, toothache, or tooth loss that may indicate a need for dental crown or fixed bridge restoration, call our Carlsbad dental team right away. We’ll create a personalized dental care plan that will have you smiling again in no time.
Dental crowns are restorations crafted from a variety of materials including gold, porcelain fused to gold, and all-ceramic. We typically recommend patients receive ceramic crowns as these look the most like natural tooth structure and retain their natural appearance for the longest amount of time. Regardless of the material you choose, dental crowns fit completely over the top of a damaged tooth to replace lost dental structure, protect the remaining healthy tooth, and prevent unnecessary extraction.
When teeth are lost, a fixed bridge can be used to replace them. This tooth replacement prosthetic relies on two dental crowns, one on each side, to support a replacement tooth or teeth. The replacement teeth and dental crowns are fused together into one restoration. Then, the dental crowns are attached to surrounding healthy teeth for support.
The Crown & Bridge Restoration Process
Whether patients receive a dental crown or fixed bridge restoration, they will need to plan on visiting our office two times. During the initial visit, we will numb the area and remove any decayed or damaged tooth structure. Then, we will remove tooth enamel as necessary to allow the dental crown to fit evenly into the smile line. Once the tooth is prepared, we capture bite impressions. These impressions are sent to our trusted dental lab where a custom crown or bridge will be crafted. In the meantime, we will place a temporary restoration to protect the prepared teeth. Once we receive the custom solution from our lab, you’ll return for your second appointment. This visit is much shorter. We typically do not need to numb the mouth at all for this appointment. We simply remove the temporary restoration. Then, we place the final solution, leaving you with a flawless smile.
Dental Implant Supported Crowns & Bridges
For patients with one or more consecutive missing teeth, we can also use implant supported dental crowns and fixed bridges to restore your smile. Unlike fixed bridges and other tooth replacement options, dental implants restore the root structure of missing teeth as well as the portion of the tooth visual above the gum line. That means your repaired smile will look and feel like brand new, and you will retain optimum gum tissue volume and jawbone density.