Dental Crowns and Bridges
Porter Ranch Dentist
Over time, our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks or discoloration. Crowns are used to renew the appearance and function of a tooth. Also, they are often used in conjunction with root canal therapy, dental implants or as an anchor for a bridge.
Crowns are typically made from porcelain in order to maintain strength and a natural appearance. The process of placing a crown may take 2-3 office visits. Once treatment is complete, continue to practice proper at home care and keep regular office visits to help your crown last many years.
A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. A tooth or teeth neighboring the missing tooth or teeth may be crowned, and used as anchoring teeth to support the replacement tooth. It is important to replace missing teeth to avoid shifting of surrounding teeth, which may lead to misaligned bite, TMJ and other problems.
Dental bridges are custom-made to match your natural teeth in color and overall appearance. They are made from mixtures of gold, metal, alloys or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable. With appropriate at home and professional care, your dental bridges may last for years.
At the dental office of Calvin W. Gray D.D.S., we use CEREC to make high quality dental restorations in one patient visit. This system allows us to make precise restorations that look great, fit perfectly and can last for many years. Learn more about this technology by visiting CEREC.
If you are considering replacing a tooth, call our dentist in Porter Ranch to schedule a consultation. Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, if left untreated, structural changes to your mouth and jaw may occur, making it difficult to eat and speak properly.