Dental Crowns & Bridges

What Are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown is a type of cap that encircles the tooth. Most often a crown is used to restore a damaged tooth, but crowns can also be utilized to enhance the appearance of a smile. A crown can be made up of three different materials– all-ceramic, ceramic-on-metal and all-metal. The location of the crown in the teeth will ultimately determine the appropriate material to use. For instance, front teeth typically need to have an all-ceramic crown because it looks the most natural. Patients may often utilize ceramic-on-metal crowns because they appear natural but have the durability of metal.

Dental Bridges

A beautiful, complete smile is a few dental appointments away. Sharma Dental Center is here for you for our patients in Dublin, California, missing one or more teeth. We can help you restore your smile. Dental bridges are a restorative dentistry option offered by Dr. Sharma at Sharma Dental Center. For more information about dental bridges, keep reading.

What Are Dental Bridges?

A dental bridge can be used to replace a missing tooth. Here at Sharma Dental Center, we provide patients with dental bridges if they desire to replace a missing tooth without undergoing surgery or wearing dentures. Most dental bridges are porcelain and replace one or more teeth by creating a "bridge" over the missing tooth. The bridge has a dental crown on either side of the replacement tooth. Dr. Sharma places these dental crowns on the teeth adjacent to your missing tooth. Placing the crowns in this formation creates the dental bridge appearance.

What Happens Before a Dental Bridge Procedure?

Dr. Sharma will first prepare the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth to prepare for your dental bridge. He will remove the enamel and dentin from the tooth. These are the first and second layers of the tooth. He does this so the dental crown will have something to attach. Next, he will take an impression of your tooth. Then the dental team will send the impression to the lab, where they will design your dental bridge. Dr. Sharma may give you a temporary dental bridge while waiting for your completed bridge.

What Happens During a Dental Bridge Procedure?

To place the dental bridge, Dr. Sharma will ensure you are comfortable. If needed, he will prescribe sedation which can help you relax during the procedure. To numb the area, Dr. Sharma will use a local anesthetic. Next, Dr. Sharma cements the dental bridge to the teeth.

How Can I Care for my Dental Bridge?

To ensure that your dental bridge lasts a long time, follow these dental hygiene tips. First, practice good oral hygiene every day. Brush, floss, and use mouthwash twice a day. Even though the dental bridge is made of porcelain and cannot collect decay, it is still essential to practice good oral hygiene so that the gum line and surrounding teeth do not collect decay. Following a good oral hygiene routine removes bacteria and debris from the day, decreasing the likelihood of developing oral decay. Dr. Sharma also recommends that his patients visit Sharma Dental Center every six months for a dental exam and cleaning. Regular dental exams will ensure that your bridge is still in good condition. A unique car tip for dental bridges is that we recommend avoiding chewy, hard, and sugary foods. These restrictions include avoiding popcorn and nuts.

Advantages of a Dental Bridge

There are many advantages to getting a dental bridge, especially from Dr. Sharma at Sharma Dental Center:

  • A dental bridge replaces one or more teeth creating a more functional and aesthetically pleasing smile.
  • There are consequences to leaving a gap in your smile long-term. With a missing tooth, teeth will begin to shift in the jaw. They will close the gap, resulting in jaw and bite problems.
  • Dental bridges are easier to take care of compared to other alternatives such as dentures. Unlike dentures, dental bridges are not removable.

No matter why you may need a dental bridge, Dr. Sharma and Sharma Dental Center are here to help you through the experience. A dental bridge is an excellent option for patients that are missing one or more teeth. The placement of a dental bridge takes a few appointments to Sharma Dental Center. For more information about dental bridges and to schedule an appointment, call our office today. We look forward to hearing from you.

Before The Procedure

If you are getting a dental bridge or dental crowns mainly for cosmetic reasons, we recommend that you whiten your teeth prior to the procedure. We offer complete teeth whitening procedures that will improve the appearance of your smile in a quick, easy fashion. Keep in mind that it is important to have the teeth whitening procedure performed first because the material that bridges and crowns are made of are both bleach and stain resistant. This means that if either is molded to match yellow teeth, the crown or bridge will remain yellow even if at a later date you have your teeth whitened. When you undergo the teeth whitening procedure first, your new bridge or crown will be made to match your resplendent new white teeth.

The Process

In preparation for the procedure, we recommend that patients take at least a day off work. You may want to take a few days off if possible. It is typical for the teeth to be somewhat sensitive, and it is easier if you don’t have to fret about keeping up with your busy schedule or meeting clients.

When getting dental bridges and dental crowns installed, it is recommended that you work with a professional cosmetic dentist that understands how to complete the procedure in such a way that looks natural. We at Sharma Dental Center can do so while simultaneously working to keep our patients as comfortable as possible by utilizing sedation dentistry. The process for each procedure is very similar. Before getting underway, an impression of the teeth is taken in order for the new bridge or crown to be created in a dental lab.

When fixating a dental crown around a tooth, our team of dental professionals begins by preparing the tooth. It is required that we remove a portion of the enamel so that there is ample room for the new crown to encircle the tooth without pushing the other teeth out of place. Once this is completed, we will thoroughly clean the tooth and attach a temporary crown to it by using removable glue. Patients will typically wear a temporary crown for a period of around two weeks while waiting for the lab to create the permanent one. It is important to be careful with what foods you eat and how you go about brushing your teeth since the temporary one is designed to come off.

Patients will return to our Dublin office once the dental restoratives are complete so that we can remove all the temporaries and attach the permanent ones to the tooth. If the patient is receiving a dental crown, we will use dental bonding to secure the cap around the tooth and complete it through. If the patient is receiving a dental bridge, a crown will be placed on both the teeth surrounding the missing one. On the very top of the crown, there is a piece that looks like natural gums that will bond the new tooth in place. These two crowns will serve as anchors for this synthetic “bridge” and makes a new tooth as durable as possible. Patients depend on this procedure as a reliable process of replacing missing teeth in a fashion that appears natural and restores the functionality of the missing tooth.