Crowns & Bridges

Central Dental Care

Amrit S Basi, DMD

General Dentist & Family Dentist located in Downtown Tracy, Tracy, CA

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.

Crowns & Bridges Q & A

What is a crown?

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.

What does a crown do?

The team at Central Dental Care might suggest a crown for a few different reasons, like to:

  • Restore a tooth that’s fractured, chipped, or broken
  • Cover a dental implant to fully replace a missing tooth
  • Protect a weakened tooth from more damage
  • Enhance the appearance of a discolored or misshapen tooth
  • Attach a bridge

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.

What is a same-day crown?

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.

What is a bridge?

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.

What are the benefits of crowns and bridges?

Crowns and bridges improve your smile in a variety of ways, such as:

  • Enhancing your appearance
  • Keeping the rest of your teeth from falling out of alignment
  • Evenly distributing the force in your bite

Call the offices at Central Dental Care or schedule your appointment online and get your crown or bridge today.