Many men and women have dental crowns or bridges today. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 15 million Americans have crowns or bridges put in place of missing teeth. Christopher Yoon, DMD, at Scottsdale Family Dental in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a highly trained professional that can explain your crown and bridge options. Call or make an appointment online if you suspect you may need a new crown or bridge repair.
A dental crown is also called a "cap." It's shaped to look like your natural tooth, and sits directly atop your damaged tooth, covering your whole tooth to prevent future damage. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, with the most popular choices being:
Dr. Yoon can help you choose the right crown material for your situation.
There are many possible reasons you might need a crown:
If your tooth (or implant) can't stand on its own, a crown might be a perfect fit.
Scottsdale Family Dental offers CEREC same-day crowns. Dr. Yoon prepares your tooth or implant to hold the crown first and then takes 3D images of your tooth using the high-tech CEREC Omnicam. These images go to the CEREC fabrication machine, and your crown is made that same day, usually in less than 2 hours.
A bridge is a group of prosthetic teeth. In areas where you're missing two or more teeth, a bridge can restore your smile, even if the missing teeth aren't side-by-side. Bridges consist of a metal frame with the replacement teeth attached, perfectly sized for your mouth.
You can choose from permanent and removable bridges. Removable bridges need daily cleaning while permanent ones are in your mouth for good, much like dental implants. Removable bridges may use crowns on nearby teeth for extra stability, and permanent bridges may also have crowns depending on the material from which they're made.
Both crowns and bridges can last for many years if you take good care of them. Most patients have crowns and bridges for 10 years or more. Be sure to see Dr. Yoon for your regular checkups and practice good oral hygiene in between to get the best results and longest crown or bridge lifespan.
To learn more about dental crowns or bridges, call Scottsdale Family Dental or make an appointment online.