Crown & Bridge Work

senior couple with dental crowns and bridge workDental crowns are tooth restorations that can make a damaged or decayed tooth strong and attractive again. A dental crown can take a tooth you might consider removing, and make it strong for a decade or more. A dental crown can also anchor a dental bridge, which is a replacement option for a lost tooth.

If you have a tooth that has been significantly cracked or decayed, we can evaluate it to determine whether you need a dental crown or might benefit from a porcelain inlay or onlay. Please call (949) 551-5902 or email Rice Dentistry in Irvine, California today.

What Are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown, sometimes called a cap, is a sheath that fits over your tooth, from the top to below the gum line. Dental crowns come in three types:

  • Noble metal crowns: gold or another inert metal is used to make the crown
  • Porcelain fused to metal crowns: the crown has an internal structure made of metal, which is covered over with a surface of aesthetic ceramic material. A thin line of metal is visible at the crown’s edge, which is usually concealed below the gum line.
  • All-ceramic crowns: the crown is made entirely of an advanced ceramic, which allows it to look more natural than other crowns.

During your consultation, we will talk about your dental crown options and help you figure out which one is right for you.

What Are Dental Crowns Used for?

Dental crowns are used to reshape your tooth or when your tooth has become so seriously damaged that it is structurally weakened. A dental crown protects and strengthens your tooth as well as giving it a new attractive surface. Dental crowns are used when a tooth:

  • Is seriously cracked
  • Is very decayed
  • Is small or poorly shaped
  • Has a large filling that has failed
  • Needs to be built up to promote a better bite
  • Has been given a root canal

Dental crowns are normally reconstructive restorations, but sometimes they are used cosmetically, such as when they are used in combination with porcelain veneers to reshape your smile.

What Are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges, also called fixed dentures, are a tooth replacement option. A dental bridge consists of three parts: a dental crown on each side and a false tooth, called a pontic, in the middle. In the past, dental bridges were made with wires tying the parts of the bridge together, but today bridges can be made as a single seamless unit with no visible wires.

A dental crown may be the right tooth replacement option for you if:

  • You have a missing tooth surrounded by teeth
  • Teeth on either side of the gap would benefit from crowns, but are overall strong and healthy
  • You lack sufficient bone for a dental implant

During your consultation, we will discuss your tooth replacement options and help you decide which is right for you.

Porcelain Inlays and Onlays

Porcelain inlays and onlays are a type of tooth-colored filling that is made of advanced ceramic material. These ceramic restorations are the most natural-looking and durable filling option. They can be precisely matched to the color of your tooth and have the same luster as your natural tooth enamel. They can even add strength to damaged teeth, and are preferred when a large filling is required.

Choosing a Dentist for Your Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are powerful restorations because they are so strong, but the strength becomes a liability if they are poorly placed. A dental crown placed without appropriate care can be not only uncomfortable, it can contribute to a bad bite and cause significant wear on your opposing tooth.

When selecting a dentist for your dental crown, choose one that is experienced in placing dental crowns, has a record of comfortable results, and has studied neuromuscular dentistry. Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on how the teeth, muscles, and jaw work together, and can help dentists ensure the proper fit for dental crowns.

Dr. Scott L. Rice has an excellent record of helping people get attractive, comfortable results with dental crowns. Please call (949) 551-5902 or email us in Irvine, California today to learn how he can help you.