Damaged and missing teeth increase your risk of decay, bite abnormalities, and general oral discomfort. At Select Dental & Orthodontics in Torrance, California, the expert team offers dental crowns and bridges to restore and replace worn, broken, or missing teeth. These affordable restorations can improve your oral health and appearance with minimal downtime. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about crowns and bridges.
Crowns and bridges are dental restorations that rebuild the shape and size of damaged or missing teeth.
Crowns are dental caps that protect damaged teeth and restore their shape, size, or color. They fit over the visible portion of teeth, allowing you to chew comfortably. Crowns can connect to dental implants, join a dental bridge together, and protect teeth weakened from root canal therapy.
Bridges are fixed appliances that replace missing teeth. A traditional bridge includes two crowns with an artificial tooth in the center. A cantilever bridge uses one crown, while a Maryland bridge connects to metal or ceramic framework.
After a comprehensive dental evaluation, the team can recommend the appropriate bridge and crown materials for your teeth.
The Select Dental & Orthodontics team may recommend dental crowns and bridges if you have damaged or missing teeth. While bridges exclusively replace missing teeth, crowns can address a broad range of dental concerns, including:
The team can address multiple dental concerns at once with crowns and bridges.
Crowns and bridges usually take two appointments to plan, prepare, and place. At your first visit, the team takes digital X-rays and reshapes your teeth for crowns. Filing your teeth allows the crowns to blend in without appearing bulky or unnatural.
Next, the team takes digital impressions to create your custom-made appliances. The process takes about 2-3 weeks. You wear temporary crowns and bridges in the meantime to protect your prepared teeth.
When you return, the team replaces your temporary restorations with permanent crowns and bridges. They make any necessary adjustments to ensure the proper fit before cementing them in place.
You can eat and drink as you normally do after receiving crowns and bridges, but the team may recommend certain care tips to protect your restorations. To preserve your crowns and bridges, you should:
Call Select Dental & Orthodontics today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about crowns and bridges.