Dental Crowns and Bridges in Pasadena
What are Crowns and Bridges?
Crowns are porcelain restorations used to restore teeth that are broken, chipped, misshapen, decayed, severely worn-down, or teeth that have very large worn out restorations (fillings, inlays, onlays).
Bridges are porcelain restorations used to replace missing teeth in cases where there are remaining teeth in front of and behind the missing tooth.
Over time, teeth can crack or chip, hindering the natural appearance of your smile. Broken teeth can also impact your ability to chew and it makes your other teeth vulnerable to more damage and decay.
Crowns Ready in a Single Appointment
Crowns are ceramic dental restorations that are placed on the top of teeth typically after a procedure such as a root canal.
Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.
In our office, using Cerec 3D, a restorative crown is done in a single appointment, start to finish. Additionally, the metal-free ceramic material used with Cerec 3D closely match the composition of your natural tooth structure.
There is no “goop” impression tray to deal with. The Cerec 3D software takes the digital picture and converts it into a 3-dimensional virtual model on the computer screen. Dr. Stender then uses his dental expertise to design your restoration using the Cerec 3D computer program. About 40 minutes later, your all ceramic, tooth-colored restoration is finished and ready to bond in place.
Broken or Cracked Teeth
Won’t Fix Themselves
Benefits of Bridges
Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.
Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, because they are semi-permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants. Some bridges are removable and can be cleaned by the wearer.
Porcelain, gold alloys or combinations of materials are usually used to make bridge appliances. Appliances called implant bridges are attached to an area below the gum tissue, or the bone.