Good oral health gives you more than just a sense of confidence -- it affects your appearance and function. When your teeth are damaged or missing, you can’t chew or speak properly, and if left untreated, your bite and the shape of your face may change. Dr. Mary Anne Yu and the staff at MY Dental Place in Sunnyvale, California, can repair your smile with crowns, bridges, or other restorative services. Book your appointment today.
Unlike dentures, crowns and bridges are fixed dental prosthetic devices that are adhered or cemented to existing implants or natural teeth. A crown, often called a “cap,” is placed over a weak or damaged tooth.
As its name suggests, a dental bridge joins together the gap created by missing teeth, and is supported by an implant or natural teeth. Although they have different purposes, both crowns and bridges have similar benefits including:
In most cases, multiple visits with Dr. Yu are necessary to complete a crown or bridge treatment plan.
A dental crown can restore a tooth by strengthening it or improving its shape and appearance. Dr. Yu may recommend a crown for these specific purposes:
A dental bridge is a restorative treatment commonly used when you have one or more missing teeth. The bridge uses crowns on natural teeth or implants with crowns on either side of the gap and is supported by your natural teeth or implants. Artificial teeth, called pontics, are fashioned from porcelain or alloys to replace your missing teeth. There are a variety of benefits for dental bridges. They can:
Although crowns and bridges at times sometimes loosen and may fall out, with proper cleaning and maintenance they can last a lifetime. Good at-home oral hygiene practices, like brushing and flossing daily, as well as getting regular dental cleanings increase the life of crowns and bridges.