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Crowns and Bridges
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Crowns and Bridges Dana Point

A dental bridge can be an excellent way to replace missing teeth.  There are several types of bridges, each with its own advantages.  The traditional bridge is produced of porcelain fused to metal.  These are popular because they are designed to resemble your natural teeth.  This bridge consists of two crowns that are attached to artificial teeth and encase anchoring teeth.  This fills the gap created by missing teeth.

Dental bridges are susceptible to wear, so it is important to keep them in optimal condition.  A fixed bridge offers the following benefits:

•Fill space of missing teeth.

•Maintain facial shape.

•Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.

•Restore chewing and speaking ability.

•Restore your smile.

•Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.

Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown.   An impression of your teeth are then created, and sent to the laboratory for custom production.  During this time, a temporary bridge is created and worn until the permanent restoration is ready.

At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully examined, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally the bridge will only be temporarily cemented, this will allow teeth and tissue to adjust to the new bridge. The restoration will then be permanently cemented in a future visit.

Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will extend the life of the bridges. Dr. Rodd also offers a 5-year warranty for any damage to the bridges.

The fabrication of a crown requires several steps, and generally two dental visits. Your tooth is prepared by removing the outer portion to accommodate the space needed for the crown. After your tooth is prepared, an impression is taken to reproduce an exact model. This model and the impression are sent to the dental laboratory, where your crown is fabricated.

In our office, we make a temporary crown to cover your tooth while your permanent crown is made at the laboratory. When ready, we cement your new crown in place.

A crown covers a prepared tooth to restore it to its natural shape, size and function. It can strengthen a tooth that has had a large amount of dental decay and a large dental filling.

A crown may be needed in the following situations:

•After root canal therapy (endodontic treatment)

•To restore a fractured tooth

•To protect a weak tooth from breaking

•To restore a dental implant

•To cover a discolored or poorly shaped root

Dr. Rodd offers a 5-year warranty on crowns treatments.

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