Dental crowns and bridges are two of the more popular dental procedures when it comes to replacing or mending missing or damaged teeth. These fixed tooth prosthetics are a long lasting solution for either a damaged tooth or to cover a dental implant. University Dental Family Dentistry and Orthodontics in San Diego has dental crown and bridge experts on staff, ready to affix you with the crown or bridge you need.
A crown is a prosthetic tooth that is used to cover or cap a damaged or missing tooth. If the tooth is damaged, a crown can strengthen the existing tooth, improving the shape, alignment, and appearance of the tooth. One of the more common uses of a crown is to top a dental implant. The crown acts as the permanent tooth that will go on top of the titanium implant, providing you with a realistic looking and feeling tooth.
A bridge is similar to a dental crown, with the biggest difference being bridges are used if you are missing multiple teeth, spanning the space that should be occupied by the missing teeth. Like a crown, bridges can both be attached to the top of existing teeth or be attached to a dental implant. By closing the gaps left by missing teeth, you avoid issues like shifting teeth and TMJ disorders.
Dental crowns and veneers produce two very similar results, in that they lead to a healthy and full smile. However, the purpose of a crown and veneer are quite different. While a crown encases the entire tooth, a veneer only covers the front of the tooth. This is because veneers are typically a strictly aesthetic procedure, while crowns are attempting to fix deep seeded dental issues. Crowns are much thicker and require tooth reduction to be fitted over a tooth, while veneers are thin and do not require much reduction.
There are quite a few situations that will require a dental crown, as crowns can fix a variety of dental issues. Here are some situations that a dentist will suggest installing a crown.
If you are in need of a dental crown or bridge in San Diego, the place to go is University Dental Family Dentistry and Orthodontics. Our team has years of experience with every kind of crown or bridge and access to the best dental technology to make every procedure a breeze. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation in regards to a dental crown or bridge, contact University Dental today. Give us a call at (619) 582-4224.