Crowns And Bridges By Covina Dentist Dr Michael C Huang
Dental restorations, like crowns and bridges, are a very important part of the services we provide at our Covina dental office. A tooth that has been damaged due to injury or decay needs to be strengthened to function properly. Missing teeth can cause significant discomfort when chewing and may even make it difficult to speak properly.
Dr. Huang and our team are committed to helping you achieve the best oral health possible. We know that your goal is to do everything you can to protect the health and integrity of your teeth. But situations do arise where it becomes necessary to use a crown or bridge to restore the tooth and your healthy smile.
Uses for Dental Crowns
A dental crown – sometimes referred to as a “cap” – is placed over a damaged tooth to protect and reinforce it. Dental crowns function just like a natural tooth, allowing you to speak and chew normally. Dental crowns are versatile restorations that can be used for the following:
- Providing strength for a tooth weakened by dental erosion or teeth grinding
- Adding strength to a tooth after root canal treatment
- Restoration of dental implants
- Protecting fractured teeth that cannot be repaired with traditional composite bonding
Because a crown fully encases the natural tooth, it can also be used for certain cosmetic applications like changing the shape of a tooth or concealing a tooth that is severely discolored and cannot be whitened.
Dr. Huang creates dental crowns using strong and durable materials like ceramic and porcelain. Both are effective when used for crowns because they can be shaped and shaded to match your natural teeth.
Replace Missing Teeth With Bridges
A dental bridge is a restoration that is used to fill the empty space left in your mouth when a tooth is missing. It is made up of an artificial tooth (pontic) that is secured to adjacent teeth with dental crowns.
Replacing missing teeth is important because the absence of the tooth allows surrounding teeth to drift out of place. This creates a domino effect that may potentially lead to misaligned teeth and problems with your dental bite. A bridge acts as a functional tooth replacement that reduces the risk of these problems.
Dental bridges offer many solutions:
- Filling the space left by a missing tooth
- Preventing shifting of surrounding teeth
- Restoring the tooth to full function
- Providing a permanent alternative to a removable partial denture
A properly designed dental bridge is firmly attached to existing teeth and is very stable. In certain situations, it may be beneficial to use dental implants to add stability. The artificial tooth portion of the bridge can be secured by a dental implant for the ultimate in functionality and strength.
Your Partner in Oral Health Care
Your oral health is our top priority, and we will work with you to make informed decisions about treatment that fits your unique needs and restores your teeth to their full health. We want to make sure that financial concerns never stand in the way of getting the treatment you need, and we accept most major dental insurance as well as CareCredit.
Please don’t hesitate to contact our Covina dental office if you have any questions. Or, call (626) 332-1014 today to schedule an appointment.