Treat Damaged or Missing Teeth
Crowns & Bridges in San Jose
Dental crowns protect damaged teeth, prevent further oral health complications, and restore your smile and your bite. Dental bridges, which use two dental crowns to support one or more false teeth, are also a great option for restoring missing teeth. To see if crowns or bridges from AT Dental Care may be right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Tuan today.
Repair Damaged Teeth
Lab-Made Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are built to look just like your natural tooth. After your tooth has been trimmed to prepare for your crown, it will be placed permanently on the tooth, covering your remaining tooth structure all the way down to the gum line.
Crowns are usually made of porcelain, and they are very strong and durable. Crowns are usually used to treat issues like cracked or damaged teeth, or serious cavities. Not only will your dental crown restore your smile and your bite, but it will also protect the underlying tooth from any further damage.
Replace Missing Teeth
Dental bridges are a convenient, fast way to replace one or more adjacent missing teeth. A bridge uses two dental crowns, which are placed onto two healthy “abutment teeth” after they have been trimmed. Then, the metal bridgework is used to suspend one or more false teeth (pontics) over the gap where your missing teeth used to be. This prosthetic “bridges” this gap and restores your smile.
The Placement Process
For Crowns & Bridges
The placement process for both crowns and bridges is quite similar. After Dr. Tuan has approved you for treatment, you’ll come in for your first appointment. Dr. Tuan will numb your mouth and clean the treatment area.
Then, using a dental drill, Dr. Tuan will remove any damaged enamel from each tooth that is receiving a crown. The remaining enamel will be sculpted into a strong, stable platform onto which your crown can be attached.
Once your teeth have been trimmed, Dr. Tuan will take images and impressions of your teeth, and you’ll be sent home with a temporary crown or bridge to cover up your newly-trimmed teeth until your next appointment. Next, our partner dental lab will work with Dr. Tuan to create your crown or bridge.
It usually takes about 2-3 weeks to create a dental crown. Bridges may take longer, and require you to come back for multiple fittings, in some cases. Once your crown or bridge has been completed, you’ll come back to our office for your final appointment. Dr. Tuan will check the crown or bridge one last time and make any necessary minor adjustments, then bond your restoration in place with dental cement, completing the procedure.
Am I a Good Candidate
For Crowns or Bridges?
If you have a tooth that has been damaged by dental trauma or tooth decay, or a large, old, worn-out filling, a crown is usually the best way to restore your smile and protect your teeth.
Dental bridges, on the other hand, are not always the most recommended way to restore your smile. Dental implants are often a better option. This is because implants last longer, are more durable, and do not require any removal of healthy enamel to make room for dental crowns. To find out which treatment is right for you, we recommend scheduling an appointment with Dr. Tuan.