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Crowns And Bridges

Bay Dental Group

General Dentistry & Family Dentistry located in San Jose, CA

If you need to replace a damaged or missing tooth, then crowns and bridges are for you. The team of professionals at Bay Dental Group in San Jose, California, offers high-quality crowns and bridges that can restore the health and appearance of your smile. Schedule your visit with Bay Dental Group today by calling the office or booking online, and learn more about how crowns and bridges can improve your smile.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What are crowns?

Crowns are a classic dental solution for restoring a tooth that’s suffered from damage or decay. They’re artificial tooth caps that are made from a mold of your smile, so they’re shaped just like your natural tooth and feel just like your natural tooth. Crowns cover the entire surface area of your tooth above the gumline.

When can a crown benefit my smile?

The team at Bay Dental Group might suggest a crown for a number of reasons, like:

  • Restoring a tooth that’s had a large filling
  • Replacing a tooth cap that’s unsightly, misshapen, or stained
  • Reinforcing a tooth that’s suffered from physical damage
  • Strengthening a tooth that’s severely decayed

Your dentist usually fits you with a crown after you’ve had a root canal treatment, as well. This reinforces the strength and structure of your tooth.

When put on top of a dental implant, a dental crown can also help to fully replace a missing tooth.

What are bridges?

A bridge is a dental device that replaces a missing tooth or teeth. It’s made up of a fake tooth (called a pontic) that’s held in place with support from crowns that your dentist seals to the teeth that neighbor your missing tooth (which are called your abutment teeth). 

Your dentist will recommend a particular type of bridge based on whether or not your abutment teeth can support crowns. If you have two abutment teeth that can support crowns, you’ll likely get a traditional bridge. If you have one abutment tooth that can support a crown, you’ll likely get a cantilever bridge. If neither of your abutment teeth can support crowns, you can use a Maryland bonded bridge, which is held in place by a metal or porcelain framework that’s sealed to the back side of your abutment teeth.

Why should I replace my missing tooth?

When you replace a missing tooth, you improve your smile in a number of ways, like:

  • Keeping the rest of your teeth in alignment
  • Evenly distributing the force in your bite
  • Improving your ability to properly eat and speak

A bridge also cosmetically improves your smile by filling in the dark holes where you’re missing teeth.

What’s involved with getting crowns and bridges?

The team at Bay Dental Group can fit you with a crown or bridge in two easy office visits. During the first visit, your dentist removes some enamel from any teeth that are getting crowns, then takes an impression of your smile. They send that impression to a lab that uses it as a model to build your crown or bridge.

The lab usually takes a week or so to finish building your crown or bridge, during which time you wear a temporary restoration. You come back to the office for a second visit when your permanent crown or bridge is back from the lab, and your dentist permanently bonds it to your teeth.

Schedule your visit with Bay Dental Group by calling the office or booking with the easy-to-use online tool, and start the process of getting your crowns and bridges today.