Where damage to a person’s teeth is significant, or a large filling is putting the tooth at risk for fracture, we can use crowns to protect and repair the tooth. We will assess and consult with you to determine what type of crown and material is best for you. Crowns can be fabricated in a variety of porcelain, ceramic, and metal materials.
How long does it take to fit a dental crown?
Fitting a crown requires at least two visits to our office. Initially, we will remove decay, shape the tooth, and fit it with a temporary crown. On the subsequent visit, we will remove the temporary crown and then fit and adjust the final crown. Finally, we will cement the crown into place and you have a new beautiful looking tooth. This usually occurs within a 2 week period.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
- Repairs cracked, fractured, chipped teeth
- Can help fix “smile” and functional chewing problems
- Can close gaps between teeth and prevent food traps
A dental bridge is a restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth. Crowns placed on neighboring teeth support an artificial tooth that fills the space. Bridges are permanently attached to offer stability for chewing. Sometimes if there isn’t enough bone present for a dental implant, a bridge is a suitable option to replace a missing tooth.
How is a dental bridge attached?
The attachment procedure usually takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment Dr. Lee, Dr. Tu & Dr. Chung will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap. Since the bridge must be fabricated precisely to ensure correct bite and to match the opposing tooth, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab where the bridge will be constructed.
Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth. A pontic (false tooth) replaces the lost tooth. Dental crowns, which are cemented onto the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge.
For more information about crowns and bridges or to schedule a consultation with Drs. Lee, Tu & Chung, call our office in Sunnyvale at 408-830-0123.