Crowns and bridges are classic solutions to restoring broken, unsightly, or missing teeth. Amrit Basi, DMD, and the team of dental professionals at Central Dental Care in Tracy, California, provide high-quality crowns and bridges that make your smile healthier and more attractive. Schedule your visit today by calling the Central Dental Care office or booking with the easy-to-use online tool.
A crown is an artificial tooth cap that’s designed from an impression of your natural tooth. Your dentist permanently seals it to your tooth and it covers all of your tooth above the gumline. Once in place, your crown feels just like your natural tooth, and functions similarly, too.
The team at Central Dental Care might suggest a crown for a few different reasons, like to:
Your dentist will also likely suggest a crown after a root canal procedure in order to restore the strength and functionality of your treated tooth.
Normally when you get a crown, your dentist sends an impression of your mouth to a lab that builds the restoration. This can take two or more weeks. At Central Dental Care, the team of dental professionals uses special tools and machines from CEREC® and Planmeca to create your crown in a single office visit.
First, your dentist uses a special digital scanner to take a precise scan of your tooth. That scan is then converted into a 3D rendering of your tooth, which is sent to an in-office milling machine. The milling machine carves your crown from a small ceramic block, which is selected from a variety of shades to perfectly match the rest of your teeth.
Your dentist then polishes the crown and checks that it fits well in your mouth. They make any necessary adjustments before finally sealing it in place, completing your entire restoration in a single office visit.
A bridge is an ideal tool for filling the space left by a missing tooth. It’s made up of two crowns that are attached to a fake tooth, called a pontic. Your dentist cements the crowns onto the teeth next to your missing tooth, which are called your abutment teeth.
Once in place, the pontic literally bridges the gap between your abutment teeth, replacing your missing tooth both functionally and aesthetically.
Crowns and bridges improve your smile in a variety of ways, such as:
Call the offices at Central Dental Care or schedule your appointment online and get your crown or bridge today.