Here at Portola Dental Group, we are proud to offer crowns to our patients.
If you have missing or cracked teeth, you are probably not happy with your smile. We are here to help you feel better about your mouth so you enjoy showing it off.
One way we can do this is by offering crowns to our patients. A crown covers up a bad tooth so you have a natural-looking tooth that fits right into your mouth.
Crowns are also used to keep a filling in place when there is not much tooth left. They can also strengthen your regular teeth by giving them extra protection. If you have discolored teeth or teeth that are misshapen, a crown will help you have a smile of which you can be proud.
Crowns are attached right to your teeth so you will be able to do everything you can do with normal teeth. You can eat all of the foods you enjoy, no matter how hard it is to bite.
Many different types of crowns are available, so we will be happy to discuss your options so you can be happy with your new smile.
In cases where a filling or onlay is not enough to repair the damage to a tooth as a result of trauma or decay, a crown (or cap) is a cosmetic dental procedure that encases the entire tooth, completely restoring it to the original size and shape. A crown will provide strength and stability when chewing.
There are several types of crowns, but the most popular by far is a porcelain crown due to the fact that they are the same color as your natural teeth. They are very tough and durable and will last many years, but like all tooth surfaces that endure chewing and grinding they will eventually have to be replaced.
Crowns are used to repair:
- Broken teeth.
- Cosmetic dental enhancements.
- Decayed teeth.
- Broken fillings.
- Large fillings.
- A tooth with a root canal.
What happens when you get a crown?
Getting a crown is much the same procedure as getting an onlay. The procedure will generally take two visits to the dentist. The first visit will involve taking very accurate impressions or molds of your teeth. It is from these impressions that your new crown will be constructed in a dental lab. The dentist will numb your tooth and remove any decay as well as older fillings, then place a temporary filling over the area. In the second visit, the temporary filling is removed and the tooth is re-cleaned. The new crown is then cemented into place and final adjustments for bite are made, along with polishing.
With proper care and maintenance, your new crown will last many years and provide a happy and healthy smile.
Porcelain Fixed Bridges
Cosmetic dental procedures from Portola Dental Group are a great way to improve your smile and make chewing and eating easier. One of our most popular cosmetic procedures is a “dental bridge” which is the application of a fixes (non-removable) dental appliance which replaces broken or missing teeth. There are several different types of dental bridges, and the correct one for your case will be determined by your dentist and yourself discussing the options that are best for your case. A “traditional bridge” is the most popular type of dental bridge, and is made of porcelain false teeth adhered to metal. The teeth will closely resemble the rest of your existing teeth, and the appliance itself is a bridge that typically consists of two crowns that go over the “anchoring teeth” or abutment teeth. These are attached to artificial teeth which fill the gaps between the anchoring teeth. Dental bridges typically last many years, but may need to be replaced for wear.
Dental bridges will:
- Fill in spaces where teeth are missing.
- Help with facial shape.
- Prevent drifting of existing teeth.
- Restore chewing and speaking.
- Restore the smile.
- Upgrade from removable dentures.
What happens when you get a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is typically a two visit procedure where a portion of the enamel is removed after numbing the teeth, in order to prepare them for the crowns. A mold or impression is taken and dental to the dental lab for creation, and during the next few weeks a temporary bridge will be worn. During the second visit, the new bridge will be adhered and checked for fit, and adjusted if necessary. There are cases where the cementing will be semi-permanent for a few weeks while you get used to the new bridge, at which point it will be permanently affixed. You will then receive care instructions in order to properly maintain the life of your new bridge. Regular brushing, flossing and checkups will extend the lifespan of dental bridges.
What are dental crowns?
A dental crown is a cap that surrounds the tooth. We typically use a crown to restore a damaged tooth, but they can also use it to improve the appearance of a smile. A crown can consist of three different materials, all-metal, ceramic-on-metal and all-ceramic. The location of the crown in the teeth will determine the best material to use. For example, front teeth need to have an all-ceramic crown, if possible, since it looks the most natural. Patients may often use ceramic-on-metal crowns since they look natural but have the durability that only metal can provide.
What are dental bridges?
A dental bridge is a way to replace a missing tooth. At Portola Dental Group, we provide clients with dental bridges if they want to replace a tooth without wearing dentures or undergoing surgery. The new tooth is held in place by two crowns. It looks natural and consists of a ceramic or porcelain material to match the surrounding teeth. As a cosmetic dentist, Marc E. LeBlanc, DDS will make sure that the new tooth looks and feels amazing.
Before the Procedure
If you are getting dental crowns or a dental bridge for cosmetic reasons, we recommend that you whiten your teeth first. At Portola Dental Group, we offer teeth whitening procedures that can improve the appearance of your smile quickly and easily. It is important to have this procedure done first because the material that crowns and bridges are made out of are both stain and bleach resistant. That means that if it is created to match yellow teeth, it will remain yellow even if you have your teeth whitened at a later date. When you have the procedure done first, your new crown or bridge will be made to match your new brilliantly white teeth.
When preparing for the procedure, we recommend that patients take a day off of work. If possible, you may want to take a couple of days off. It is normal for teeth to be somewhat sensitive, and it is easier if you don’t have to worry about meeting clients and keeping up with your busy schedule.
Palm Desert, California Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges
When getting dental crowns and dental bridges installed, it is advisable that you work with a cosmetic dentist that knows how to complete the procedure in a way that looks natural. At Portola Dental Group, we can do so while also working to keep our patients as comfortable as possible by using sedation dentistry. The process for both procedures is fairly similar. Before getting started, an impression is taken of the teeth so that the new crown or bridge can be created in a dental lab.
When placing a dental crown around a tooth, Portola Dental Group starts by preparing the tooth. We will need to remove a portion of the enamel so that there is room for the new crown to surround the tooth without pushing other teeth out of place. Once complete, we will clean the tooth and secure a temporary crown to it using removable glue. Patients typically wear a temporary crown for around two weeks while waiting for a permanent one to be created in the lab. During this time, it is important to be careful with what you eat and how you brush your teeth since the temporary is designed to come off.
When the dental restoratives are complete, patients return to our Palm Desert dentist office, so that we can remove the temporaries and bond the permanent ones to the tooth. For a dental crown, we will secure the cap around the tooth and complete it through dental bonding. With a bridge, a crown is placed on the two teeth that are surrounding the missing one. On top of the crown is a piece that looks like natural gums that will hold the new tooth in place. These two crowns serve as anchors for this synthetic “bridge” and makes a new tooth as durable as it can be. Patients depend on this procedure as a way to replace missing teeth in a way that looks natural and restores the functionality of the missing tooth.
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After the Procedure
When getting dental Restoratives, your teeth will be somewhat sensitive after they have been prepared. This is why you need to wear a temporary crown while waiting for a permanent one to be created. We use sedation dentistry to ensure that you will not experience any discomfort during the procedure and after the fact you simply need to take some oral pain medication for a couple of days until you feel better.
The benefit of wearing a crown is that it surrounds and protects the tooth. This means that regardless of how damaged the tooth was, you can eat your favorite foods without fear of discomfort. A crown can restore the functionality of your mouth by making it easy to eat, drink and speak like normal. This is ideal for people that are suffering from severely sensitive teeth, have a cracked or chipped tooth or have undergone a root canal. Similarly, a bridge makes it possible to eat and speak like normal without worrying about your new tooth becoming loose or falling out. They are both ideal for people that have active lifestyles and don’t want to be constrained by their teeth. To find out if the procedure is right for you, call 760-201-4085 to schedule an appointment with us and discuss your options. At Portola Dental Group, we make it easier for patients throughout Palm Desert to have a beautiful and functional smile.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Terms. 2015
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2015
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2015
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