Missing a few teeth in a row? Our Santa Rosa restorative dentist can apply a set of custom crowns and bridges to close the gap in your smile.
What are dental crowns and bridges?
Crowns are a type of dental restoration that is used to cover an existing tooth that is damaged or decayed. Bridges are a type of dental restoration that is permanently cemented to replace a missing tooth. A bridge is typically made up of two crowns and a "pontic", or false tooth, that are placed on either side of the missing tooth. The two crowns are then attached to the pontic, creating a bridge of three (or more) teeth. Bridges are used to fill in the gap created by the missing tooth, and can also improve your overall bite and smile.
It's important to know that there are a variety of ceramics and metals used in dental restorations. Dentists possess understand the unique qualities of these materials, allowing them to choose the best option for each specific situation. The ultimate goal is to provide a long-lasting restoration that looks great.
However, some patients may not be aware that dentists have access to different dental labs that make these restorations. This can lead to situations where cost is prioritized over quality. Unfortunately, some dentists make decisions based on cost alone, rather than considering what is best for the patient's dental health and overall satisfaction.
Did you know…
If you bargain shop for dentistry, the dentist is forced to bargain shop for the quality of the materials that go into your mouth.
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With decades of experience, skillful techniques, and masterful craftsmanship, Dr. Wilson is well-equipped to deliver exceptional results for a smile that not only looks stunning but also endures over time.
While other practices may put bandaids on issues with speedy treatments and less expensive materials, we’re committed to providing you with top-of-the-line treatments so your smile can thrive for years to come. Dr. Wilson spends quality time ensuring your procedure is completed with the upmost precision. He only sources the best possible materials and is known for his unparalleled skill in providing reliable and beautiful restorations.
Types of dental crowns and bridges
Using an advanced manufacturing process, your crowns will be built out of durable ceramic and metal materials at a local lab. They’ll then be sent to Dr. Wilson for the final fitting and placement. Lab-made crowns look and feel very natural, and are usually the most long-lasting and durable type of crown.
Permanent Cemented Bridge
A permanent cemented bridge is a type of dental bridge where a false tooth or teeth are held in place by dental cement. This type of bridge often requires less preparation of the adjacent teeth than other types of bridges, and can last for many years with proper care.
An implant bridge is permanently fixed to dental implants to restore multiple missing teeth. Implant bridges look, feel, and function just like healthy natural teeth, and you never have to worry about them becoming loose or falling out.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a veneer and a crown?
A veneer and a crown are two different types of dental restoration procedures. A veneer is a thin layer of material, usually porcelain, that is placed over the front surface of a tooth to improve its color, shape, and size. A crown, on the other hand, is a cap that is placed over the entire tooth to restore its strength, shape, and size. Veneers are usually used for cosmetic purposes and are usually more affordable than crowns. Crowns are more durable and are typically used when a tooth has been damaged due to decay or trauma.
Can dental crowns and bridges be repaired or replaced?
Yes. Over time, dental bridges will experience significant wear and tear from daily chewing, biting, smiling, and speaking. Bridges can last between 10-20 years, but the expected lifespan of your bridge may be different depending on the type of bridge and your hygiene care. If your crown gets damaged, Dr. Wilson can repair it with composite resin. However, if the damage is too severe, a new crown may need to be placed.
How do I care for my dental crown and bridge?
Caring for your dental crown and bridge is just like caring for your natural teeth! Make sure you floss and brush twice a day for at least two minutes. Be sure to floss against the tooth and below the gum line. You should also see Dr. WIlson every six months for a check-up to make sure that your crown, bridge, and adjacent teeth are healthy.
How long do dental crowns and bridges last?
When properly cared for and properly placed, dental crowns and bridges can last a lifetime. It depends on the skill of the dentist, the quality of the materials, your genetics, and how well you take care of them everyday. Maintaining strong oral health habits can enhance your crown’s longevity. These habits include brushing and flossing daily and seeing Dr. Wilson every 6 months for regular checkups.