Crowns and bridges replace teeth that are missing or damaged in a way that look and feel like your natural teeth. Visit Guzman Dental to receive expert placement of these tooth replacements from experienced dentist Dr. Jose Guzman. If you live in Chula Vista, California, or the surrounding area, call the office or use the online booking agent to schedule your crown or bridge work today.
Crowns are caps that fit over existing teeth to improve their appearance, strength, and function. Bridges consist of two crowns that hold a false tooth, or teeth, to “bridge” the gap where teeth have gone missing.
Dr. Guzman may recommend you receive a crown for any of the following conditions:
Most crowns consist of very sturdy porcelain that’s designed to match the natural color and shape of your existing teeth. Some people receive crowns made from gold or metal alloys, which are often stronger than porcelain and may offer extra support for back teeth.
If Dr. Guzman believes a bridge makes sense as a replacement for your missing teeth, he files down the teeth adjacent to the location of the missing teeth to make room for a crown.
He then cements the crowns to the teeth; these serve as anchors for the bridge. A false tooth or teeth is attached to the crowns to fill the space.
Bridges can consist of porcelain or ceramic and match the color of your natural teeth.
Dr. Guzman typically sets two appointments for the placement of your crown or bridge. At the first appointment, he prepares the affected tooth or teeth, takes a mold, and places a temporary crown or bridge. The mold is then sent to a laboratory to fabricate your crown or bridge.
Once the device comes in, Dr. Guzman adheres it in place permanently and adjusts your bite to look and feel as natural as possible.
You should care for crowns and bridges just as you do your natural teeth. Brush thoroughly at least two times daily, floss once daily, and visit Guzman Dental for regular professional cleanings and check-ups.
With good oral hygiene habits, crowns and bridges can last a lifetime.
If you need a crown or bridge to complete your smile, call or book an appointment online with expert provider Dr. Guzman at Guzman Dental.