Dental Crowns & Bridges in Hayward, CA
When teeth become damaged, cracked, broken, or decayed, a crown can often be used to protect the remaining tooth and restore the appearance of the tooth. If you have missing teeth, a bridge can be attached to nearby teeth to fill in the gaps and prevent your remaining teeth from shifting, ruining your bite and sometimes leading to gum disease and bone loss. Working with an experienced dentist can help you to find the right dental treatment for your needs.
What’s the Difference Between a Crown and a Bridge?
Crowns are artificial teeth, usually made of porcelain, gold, or porcelain-bonded-to-metal. They are used to cover or “cap” teeth that have cracked or decayed to the point where a filling can no longer be used. They can also be secured to a dental implant to replace a missing tooth.
If you have one or more missing teeth, a bridge can be made to replace the teeth with artificial teeth, called pontics. The pontics are either attached directly to healthy teeth on either side of the bridge with clasps, or manufactured with a crown at either end that is bonded to your natural teeth or dental implants. The natural teeth used to anchor the bridge are called abutments.
How Do Crowns and Bridges Work?
Our Hayward, CA dental office we are happy to have the ability to provide same-day crowns using CEREC CAD/CAM technology. Gone are the days of having two appointments and wearing temporary crowns, we can complete your new crown in a single visit. We will start by prepping the tooth for a crown or, in the case of a bridge, the abutments on both sides will be prepared to create sturdy supports. We will take a digital scan of the area to ensure that the crown or bridge fits comfortably onto the prepared tooth. We then custom design your crown using virtual models to obtain a precise fit.
Once the crown or bridge has been milled, tinted, and baked in our office and is complete, you be ready to have a final fitting. We'll make sure that everything is fitting as it should, and then the crown or crowns will be cemented into place, forming a long-lasting bond to the natural tooth. The replacement teeth can now be shaped, if necessary, and polished so they look and feel smooth and shiny.
What Are the Advantages of a Crown or a Bridge?
Crowns can prevent damaged or decayed teeth from needing to be extracted. They cover the remaining tooth to protect it while also restoring your smile and your bite. Bridges can be used to replace missing teeth with an appliance that enhances both the aesthetics and mechanics of your mouth. With porcelain crowns and bridges, the colors are matched to your teeth and are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Crowns and bridges are a more economic alternative to expensive implants. They are also an option if you’re not a good candidate for implants due to various health issues. These artificial restorations can improve the overall condition of your mouth and raise your self-esteem, giving you a healthy, bright smile once again.
Call Us Now for More Information About Crowns and Bridges!
If you are interested in exploring restorative dental options with our Hayward, CA dentists, call Highland Dental of Hayward today. We’ll be happy to answer any questions and schedule a consultation appointment at your convenience.