Bridges and crowns are the leading ways to restore the health of your natural teeth and bite. If you have a damaged tooth or are missing a tooth, dentist Afsana Danishwar, DDS, provides bridge and crown treatments. The team at Danishwar Dentistry in Culver City, California, offers flexible scheduling for dental exams. You can book your crown or bridge evaluation by calling the clinic or by using the online scheduling feature.
Bridges help close up a gap in your bite if you’re missing a tooth or need to have a tooth pulled. The bridge attaches to your surrounding teeth, called abutments, and serve as anchor supports. Your new “false tooth” that’s attached to the bridge is called a pontic tooth. It essentially acts as a placeholder so your surrounding teeth don’t shift and affect your overall bite.
Crowns are individual caps or covers for your teeth. You might need a crown to close up a large opening after having a sizable cavity removed, or after a root canal procedure. Crowns are also essential for permanently covering dental implants after the implant is healed.
Both bridges and implants are beneficial for helping you maintain your bite. While a dental implant covered by a porcelain crown is often seen as the “gold standard” for replacing a missing tooth, getting an implant isn’t feasible for everyone.
For instance, if you had a tooth pulled years ago, you might not have enough bone or tissue structure to support an implant. In a case like this, a bridge is likely a better option. During your evaluation, Dr. Danishwar lets you know which option is best for you and puts together a customized treatment plan.
Crowns are designed to last a lifetime. Dental crowns don’t decay since they’re made from artificial porcelain and ceramic materials. But your underlying tooth and gum tissue can certainly become infected, which can affect your crown and cause it to break or fall off.
This is why it’s important to brush and floss regularly, as well as schedule professional exams and cleanings twice a year. If your crown does fall off, Dr. Danishwar might be able to rebond it if your underlying tooth and gum tissue are healthy. In cases of decay or infection, or if the crown is damaged, you’re probably going to need to have it replaced.
Dental bridges are long-lasting, too. If you have a bridge in place, expect it to last for 10 years or more — as long as you follow optimal oral hygiene practices.
If you know you need a bridge or crown, schedule an evaluation at Danishwar Dentistry either by calling the clinic or by using the online scheduler.