Missing teeth don’t only hamper your looks and put a damper on your smile, but they can cause you other trouble like problems with biting, eating, speaking, and also cause grinding of other healthy teeth. There is no reason you should to go on with missing teeth. A dental crown or bridge can easily save you from all of the problems listed above and bring back that smile on your face.

Dental Crowns

Crowns are typically needed when a tooth is not strong enough to hold a filling in place. A dental crown is literally a cap that holds your damaged tooth in place, providing it the much needed strength. It is most often used to fix broken, chipped, worn, stained, decayed or partially distorted teeth.

What is the Process?

Dr. Michael Long does a custom fitting for each crown, to ensure that your bite and jaw movements function optimally.

  • Your missing teeth and bite line will be examined to determine the requirement for a crown.
  • You will choose the material of the crown.
  • Dr. Long and his team will take the required measurements for your crown.
  • Your crown will be made in the lab according to the measurements retrieved during your fitting session.
  • Once your custom crown comes in, it is cemented onto your existing damaged tooth to completely cover the portion of the tooth above your gum line. This makes the crown your tooth’s new outer surface.

What Materials to Choose From?

You can choose from three types of crowns:

  • Metal Crowns
  • Ceramic Crowns
  • Combination Crowns (Metal + Ceramic)
 

Dental Bridges

Bridges are used when you’re missing more than one tooth and there are gaps in your bite line. A bridge is designed to replace your missing teeth with natural-looking, artificial teeth. They help maintain your facial structure by alleviating the stress on your bite.

What is the Process?

Similar to the process of fitting a single crown, fitting for a bridge has multiple steps. It will take a little more work on Dr. Long’s part, but you’re in good hands and the sittings will be over before you know it.

  • The first sitting will begin with an examination followed by prepping for the bridge.
  • The teeth where the bridge needs to be placed will be restructured to make room for the crown of the bridge.
  • Dr. Long will then take an impression for the measurements for the bridge.
  • A temporary bridge will be created for you, so the teeth which are exposed stay protected till your next visit.
  • The bridge, pontic and crown are then created in a dental lab to fit your measurements exactly.
  • Once your bridge comes in from the lab, Dr. Long and his dental team will check for fit and comfort, and make sure no adjustments are required.
  • The bridge is then adhered with permanent cement.

What Materials to Choose From?

You can make a choice from four types of bridges:

  • Alloy
  • Porcelain or Ceramic
  • Gold
  • Combination

Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges are both excellent options to fill the gaps and restore your ability to bite and smile naturally and help you in improving your overall oral health.

Whether you are missing one tooth or many teeth, call (559) 432-4850 to schedule an appointment to get relief from the problems that come with missing teeth.