Whether you need a tooth restored or replaced, Robert Tingilian, DDS, Tom Shanakian, DDS, and the team at Comfort Care Dental offer crowns and bridges to safeguard and beautify your smile. At their offices in Sherman Oaks and Glendale, California, they help you determine the type of crown or bridge that will be best for your smile goals. To get started, call the office or schedule your crown or bridge consultation online today.
Crowns and Bridges Q & A
What are crowns?
Crowns act as a cap over the top of your tooth. They’re ideal when your tooth needs extra protection. The team at Comfort Care Dental recommends crowns when:
- A cavity compromises the tooth’s strength because of its large size
- A tooth has experienced extensive wear
- The tooth’s chewing surface is broken
- A tooth has been badly damaged
When you need a root canal, for example, the extensive damage to your tooth resulting from the decay reaching the pulp could threaten your tooth’s structural integrity. Protecting it with a crown restores your tooth’s size and shape while giving you a sturdy chewing surface.
To give you the most durable, most natural-looking crown possible, the Comfort Care Dental team offers crowns made from:
- Zirconia, including multi-layer zirconia
They talk with you to help you decide the right material for you.
What are bridges?
Bridges replace missing teeth using crowns as anchors. When you choose a bridge, your replacement tooth attaches to crowns on each side. Your dentist then places the crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile, stabilizing your replacement tooth in your mouth so it looks and feels just like a natural tooth.
Many people choose a bridge when they want a more comfortable, natural-feeling replacement tooth than dentures can provide, but they don’t want to go through the invasive procedure required to get a dental implant. If you’re missing a tooth, don’t wait to talk to your Comfort Care Dental provider about your tooth replacement options.
What happens when I get a crown or bridge?
To make sure your crown can fit over your tooth and lie flush with your surrounding teeth, your Comfort Care Dental dentist starts the process by removing a small amount of enamel from your tooth. Then they take an impression of the tooth, which they use to customize your crown so it fits perfectly in your mouth. You go home with a temporary crown (or crowns, in the case of a bridge) while your crown or bridge is created.
Once your crown or bridge is ready, you return to Comfort Care Dental so your dentist can bond it in place. You leave this appointment with a fully restored, beautiful smile.
For a full set of protected, beautiful teeth, call Comfort Care Dental or make an appointment online today.