Is your smile dragging your self-esteem down? Crowns and bridges can help your damaged smile by stabilizing compromised teeth and replacing missing teeth. However, determining whether these porcelain dental restorations are right for you will take some help from your dentist. Find out more about crowns and bridges with Dr. Khanda Miller at San Marcos Dental Arts in San Marcos, CA.
What is a dental bridge?
If you have a missing tooth between two healthy, natural teeth and want to fill the gap, you may be a candidate for a dental bridge. The bridge, consisting of three prosthetic teeth in a row with a dental crown on either side, fits onto the surrounding healthy teeth via the crowns and replaces the missing tooth above the gumline. A dental laboratory creates this restoration, made from porcelain, to fit right into your smile, color-matching and designing the bridge to match your natural teeth.
What is a dental crown?
Dental crowns protect a tooth which has been damaged or compromised by decay, trauma, injury, or breakage. Unlike a bridge, which uses crowns on either side to stay in place, a crown stands alone, covering only one tooth. Dentists most often use crowns to cover a tooth which has a large filling, such as a tooth which has undergone a root canal. Crowns can also cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, and improve the appearance of a discolored or misshapen tooth.
Dental Bridges and Dental Crowns in San Marcos, CA
Porcelain dental restorations like crowns and bridges are made to last many years before requiring replacement. However, patients must properly care for both their teeth and their restorations to see these results. A solid at-home oral care routine of brushing twice daily and flossing at least once will keep your teeth healthy between regular dental examinations and cleanings performed by your dentist every six months.
For more information on these dental restorations, please contact Dr. Khanda Miller at San Marcos Dental Arts in San Marcos, CA. Call (760) 744-3693 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Miller today!