Crowns and Bridges
Damaging one of your teeth can be a traumatic experience, especially if it causes you pain. When you break, fracture, or injure a tooth, it’s normal to feel a range of emotions from sadness to anger to fear. You rely on your teeth to help you eat and smile, so it’s scary and frustrating when a tooth becomes compromised and can’t do its job.
Similarly, if you’re missing some of your natural teeth due to facial trauma, decay, or other dental injuries, you might feel embarrassed or self-conscious about the spaces in your smile.
When your tooth gets hurt or leaves your smile for any reason, you must act quickly to either repair the broken area or fill in the empty gaps. If you experience a dental emergency that causes you to injure or lose a tooth, we welcome you to call our San Jose dental office so we can get you the help you need quickly. Even if your situation is not emergent, we still encourage you to seek out the restorative dental work you need as soon as you can.
At Advanced Dentistry by design, we have the skills and tools necessary to repair your broken teeth and replace the missing parts of your smile. Dental restorations are some of our most popular services, and we can mend your smile with dental crowns and bridges in San Jose, CA. To learn more, please contact our dentists today at (408) 258-5054.
- Why do I need a dental crown?
- How do dental bridges replace missing teeth?
- How do I care for my dental crown or bridge?
Why do I need a dental crown?
Dental crowns, or “tooth crowns,” protect compromised teeth from infection, decay, further breakage, and other potential future injuries. If you need a tooth crown, it’s because something damaged your tooth and put you at risk for even more significant problems down the road.
You might need a dental crown if:
- You fell and hit your mouth, which damaged or knocked out a tooth
- You got hit in the face during a workout or while playing a sport
- You bit down on something hard, like a piece of candy
- You’re having a large cavity filled soon
- You were recently in a car accident, and you hit your mouth a steering wheel or car door
- An old crack in a tooth has grown more significant over time
- You want to camouflage an “ugly” or stained tooth
The enamel covering your teeth is the hardest substance in your body. Your enamel protects your teeth from the normal force of chewing. Occasionally, teeth sustain damage from biting into something unexpected, from deep decay, or a clenching and grinding habit, known as bruxism.
When your tooth structure becomes compromised, it’s at risk for pain, infection, and even tooth loss. Luckily, our San Jose dentists can usually repair an injured tooth with a dental restoration. Some of the best repairs are brought about using crowns for teeth.
If you need a tooth crown after experiencing an injury or a dental emergency, we can create a beautiful dental restoration for you.
Custom Dental Crowns
Our San Jose dentist, Victor D. Woodlief, DMD, strives to save your natural teeth whenever possible. Dr. Woodlief may recommend a dental crown to protect and strengthen your tooth.
A dental crown, or cap, is a restoration that completely covers your tooth structure above the gum line. It protects the dentin and nerve inside the tooth and absorbs much of the force when you chew, which provides improved function and comfort.
Dental crowns are available in metal, porcelain, or a blend of metal and porcelain. Many patients prefer all-porcelain crowns because of their natural appearance. Dr. Woodlief will discuss the type of tooth crown that will give you the best results based on your bite, your oral health, and your goals for your smile.
Whichever type of dental crown you end up getting, you can know that it’s fully customized and created for you. Our crowns for teeth in San Jose are individualized and will work with your unique bite and teeth alignment.
Dental Crown Treatment
Placing your dental crown is a delicate art that requires skill and precision.
When it comes to placing tooth crown, Dr. Woodlief is gentle and will always make sure your tooth is completely numb before getting started. He will remove any damaged tooth structure and prepare your tooth for your new dental crown.
Because your dental crown will merge with your natural tooth underneath, we need to make sure that your natural tooth is the right shape and size to mesh well with the crown. Precision is essential when designing dental restorations because proper fit is necessary for comfort and function. We use accurate digital impressions of your smile to ensure a perfect union between your tooth and your crown.
Dr. Woodlief will first place a temporary dental crown on your tooth to protect it while our dental laboratory fabricates your permanent restoration. Once our lab sends your new dental crown back to us, Dr. Woodlief will place it over your tooth, creating a permanent seal.
Dr. Woodlief will then check your bite and make any final adjustments so that your teeth come together comfortably. Your comfort and oral health are our priorities, so we promise to work with you and adjust the fit until you are satisfied with your dental crown in San Jose, CA.
How do dental bridges replace missing teeth?
In spite of our best efforts, sometimes the best way to protect your oral health is to remove a severely damaged, decayed, or infected tooth. Thankfully, we offer several treatment options to restore your smile, including dental bridges.
Dental bridges replace missing teeth in San Jose, CA by literally bridging the space between your remaining natural teeth. A dental bridge can take the place of just one missing tooth or a handful of missing teeth.
A dental bridge consists of two dental crowns that anchor and stabilize an artificial tooth, which fills in the gap in your smile. A bridge protects the integrity of your bite by keeping your remaining teeth from shifting.
Shifting teeth is one of the most significant threats patients with tooth loss face. Our dental bridges in San Jose nip this problem in the bud and stop shifting before it can start.
At Advanced Dentistry by Design, we create highly aesthetic dental bridges so that your smile looks seamless. Your beautiful dental restoration will blend in effectively with your natural smile to create a finished product that looks smooth and effortless.
How do I care for my dental crown or bridge?
Dental restorations are durable but not indestructible, which is why you need to take excellent care of your tooth crown or dental bridge if you want it to last. Luckily, you only need to follow a common-sense approach to keep your smile safe! If you maintain excellent oral hygiene habits, you have high odds of keeping your dental restorations healthy.
To care for your tooth crown or dental bridge in San Jose, you should:
- Avoid biting into anything extremely hard or sticky
- Distribute forces evenly throughout your mouth when you chew and don’t rely only on your restoration to break down food
- Maintain good oral health habits by brushing, flossing, and having regular professional teeth cleanings
- Keep your gums around your crown line healthy, using floss to get to hard-to-reach spots
- Floss around and under your dental bridge at least once per day
Our dentists and clinical staff are always available to answer your questions about taking care of your smile. If you’re worried about the condition of your dental bridge or a tooth crown, you can always call us for tips and tricks or to schedule a visit with our San Jose dentists.
Contact Us for Dental Restorations in San Jose
If you’re stuck feeling self-conscious about those broken or missing aspects of your smile, our dentists can help eliminate those feelings and fix up your teeth. Whether you’re in pain because you need a dental restoration or you’re just ready to repair damaged teeth, you can call us.
To learn more about high-quality crowns for teeth and dental bridges in San Jose, CA, contact Advanced Dentistry by Design at (408) 258-5054 today.