If you have cracked, chipped, or missing permanent teeth, dental prosthetics like crowns and bridges can correct years of damage and restore your smile to a healthy, vibrant condition. In Los Angeles, California, expert general and cosmetic dentist, Silva A. Arejian, DDS, regularly fits crowns and bridges to patients of all ages. To schedule your appointment, call her office in Downtown or book online today.
Crowns and bridges are two of the most common dental restorations.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped coverings that restore a cracked, chipped, or decaying tooth to its original size, strength, and appearance. Once in place, a dental crown covers the entire portion of the remaining tooth that sits above the gumline.
Dr. Arejian uses three different materials for crowns:
The location of the crown determines the best material to use. Many people prefer ceramic-on-metal crowns because they look natural, but offer durability only metal can provide.
Dental bridges feature a false tooth (pontic) and, most often, two dental crowns or a metal framework. The false tooth fills a gap or space in your smile, and Dr. Arejian bonds the bridge or framework to your healthy abutment teeth on either side of the gap.
Dr. Arejian uses dental crowns to:
She might also recommend a dental crown if you have a misshapen or severely discolored tooth.
If you’re missing one or several permanent teeth, you’re also more likely to experience oral health problems such as gum recession and bone loss. By filling a space in your smile, Dr. Arejian prevents these issues from occurring. Bridges also prevent your teeth from moving out of place.
Getting a crown or bridge begins with an oral exam and consultation. During this appointment, Dr. Arejian reviews your oral health history and asks you about your goals for treatment.
Prior to preparing your tooth, Dr. Arejian administers a local anesthetic. If you suffer from dental anxiety, she also offers sedation dentistry.
If you’re receiving a crown, Dr. Arejian files the top and sides of your tooth down and takes a series of impressions. She sends your impressions to a laboratory that manufactures your dental crown.
A bridge appointment is very similar. Instead of preparing just one tooth, however, Dr. Arejian may prepare two abutment teeth on either side of the gap. If you need a bridge on a tooth without two teeth on either side, she only prepares that tooth. Afterward, she takes impressions of your teeth and sends them to a laboratory that manufactures your bridge.
You return to the office when the lab completes your crown or bridge, and Dr. Arejian bonds it in place, a process that usually takes no longer than 60 minutes.
If you receive a crown or bridge for cosmetic purposes, or to protect a visible tooth, Dr. Arejian recommends teeth whitening treatment prior to applying your restoration.
To learn more about the benefits of crowns and bridges, schedule an appointment with Silva A. Arejian, DDS, by calling her office or booking online today.