Crowns and Bridges

Depending on your dental needs, you may have an option to have a dental bridge or dental crowns placed in your mouth. There is a difference between the two and it is important for you to understand what that difference is and how it affects you. Below, we will cover both options to better help you understand what you need to know about the both of them. As always, we invite you to visit our La Habra office for all of your dental needs.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are often referred to as a cap and you may have seen them in someone’s mouth as they appear silver or gold in color. Today, crowns are able to be tooth-colored, so you do not have to worry about them sticking out like a sore thumb. Crowns can be used for a variety of purposes from cosmetic to restorative procedures and you can even choose the type of crown that is placed in your mouth.

When you come into Dr. Kenneth Cho Dentistry, Dr. Cho will work alongside of you to explain what your options are and why you should have a crown placed in your mouth. If you do need to have a crown, it will take about two visits to complete. Before you receive a permanent crown, you will have a temporary one placed on your tooth to protect it in the meantime.

What Purpose Does a Crown Serve?

A crown has a number of different purposes and we will go over what they are below. Sometimes, patients will need a crown for one or more reasons.

1. Protection

Crowns are used to protect your teeth. In these cases, the crown is placed over a tooth to add a layer of protection to it. The crown will block the tooth from elements within your mouth such as food and drinks. Often, this method is used when severe tooth decay is present. The crown is placed over the tooth once it is filled.

2. Restoration

Crowns are also used when restoration is required. When a tooth is fractured, broken, or chipped, the crown will be placed over top of it to smooth out the surface and also protect the tooth. If a tooth has been lost, a crown can be put in its place on top of an abutment to fill the gap.

3. Cosmetic

Crowns can be used for cosmetic purposes as well and this normally occurs when you want whiter teeth or you want to cover up a misalignment in your teeth. The crown will be placed over top to hide the flaws. Many people rely on crowns for cosmetic reasons because the procedure is simple and the crown can be color-matched to your teeth.

What Is the Life Span of a Crown?

A crown can last a long time if it is properly cared for. Many patients never even have to have a crown replaced in their mouth. On the other hand, if you do not take care of the crown, then you will have to likely have it replaced a few years after it has been put in your mouth. Crowns can break, come loose, and fall out if they do not receive the proper care they need.

Dental Bridges

Dental crowns are one option, but dental bridges are another tooth replacement option available to you and in some cases, a bridge may meet your needs better. When a tooth or series of teeth fall out of your mouth, a dental bridge is used to bridge the gap between those missing teeth. Many patients who experience tooth loss do not want you to know that their teeth are gone.

To eliminate the spaces between your missing teeth, a dental bridge will be placed in your mouth. It is important that you have some type of tooth replacement option since tooth loss leads to bone loss and a bridge can prevent this.

At Dr. Kenneth Cho Dentistry, we will work with you to provide you with all of the information you need about dental bridges. We want you to make a decision based on your oral health and preferences.

What to Know about Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is just that – a bridge that fills in the space between missing teeth. A bridge can be used when you are missing one tooth or up to four teeth. As with any procedure, you need to be a good candidate for the procedure to be effective.

Those patients who want to have a dental bridge must be in good oral health. This is important because if your teeth or gums are diseased, the bridge will fail over time.

Candidates for a bridge will have teeth next to where the bridge is supposed to go. These teeth act as an anchor and support for the bridge, so they are required for the bridge to remain in place.

Your Dental Crown and Bridge Consultation

If you are interested in dental bridges or crowns, you will need to come into our La Habra office for a dental consultation. Dr. Cho will look over your teeth and provide you with a complete examination and thorough evaluation. We will take x-rays of your mouth to uncover any issues that may be hiding out of sight. If you do have any dental concerns, they will need to be corrected and addressed BEFORE you can receive a crown or bridge.

We will always provide you with the care and information you expect. We want you to be able to make an informed decision about your oral health and we will facilitate you in any way that we can.

Candidates for a bridge will have teeth next to where the bridge is supposed to go. These teeth act as an anchor and support for the bridge, so they are required for the bridge to remain in place.

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you are in need of dental care, contact Dr. Kenneth Cho Dentistry today. We invite you to our La Habra office to schedule an appointment with us and to meet our caring staff and experienced dentist, Dr. Cho. Soon, you will be able to smile with confidence again.informed decision about your oral health and we will facilitate you in any way that we can.

Candidates for a bridge will have teeth next to where the bridge is supposed to go. These teeth act as an anchor and support for the bridge, so they are required for the bridge to remain in place.

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