A crown is a ceramic dental restoration used to restore the teeth to their ideal appearance and functionality. They are used in the case of teeth that are cracked, broken, weak, spaced too far apart from each other, excessively worn out, chipped, or misshapen. Bridges also replace a missing natural tooth with the help of crowns on either side.
How are crowns and bridges fabricated?
When you visit our practice for the initial consultation, we will use x-rays and digital scans to better understand the oral condition. The dentist will clean the teeth thoroughly and remove a thin layer of enamel from the existing tooth structure. This is done to accommodate the restoration of the damaged tooth. The teeth will be scanned, and the data will be shared with a dental laboratory for fabricating the restoration. We use dental-grade ceramic material for the purpose, which offers excellent properties.
Once the restorations are ready to be bonded, we will schedule a follow-up appointment for you. The dentist thoroughly cleans the teeth and applies an etching solution on them. This helps to roughen its surface before bonding the restoration permanently. We use photosensitive dental adhesives that are biocompatible for bonding the restoration. A curing light is used to harden it, after which the dentist checks your bite and polishes the restoration.
What are its advantages?
- Since crowns and bridges are made from a dental-grade material, they offer excellent durability. They usually last for several years together without hassle, provided you take care of them well.
- Their structure, contour, texture, and color mimic the natural teeth. Anyone who takes a closer look at them cannot distinguish them from the adjoining natural teeth.
- Crowns are highly versatile. They can be used for various types of restorative and cosmetic dental purposes.
- Bridges fill the gap left by missing teeth. They help to restore the aesthetics of a person’s smile. Also, they keep the remaining teeth from drifting from their positions.
- Patients who get crowns and bridges will be able to bite and chew food as they used to earlier. Also, their phonetics will be restored to normal.
Please schedule an online appointment or call us at (949) 209-8889 to have a consultation with Dr. Vida, and we will be happy to help.