Crowns & Bridges
At PhD Dental, we have plenty of solutions for keeping your teeth strong and healthy and restoring them if something goes wrong. Dental crowns and bridges expertly placed at our LA, Inglewood, Lynwood, and Pico Rivera dental offices are just two examples of treatments we use to protect your oral health.
How Dental Damage Occurs
Your teeth are very strong; in fact, they are harder even than your bones. If you pay attention to oral hygiene and keep routine appointments for preventive exams and cleanings, they could last a lifetime.
But in reality, things can and do go wrong. You may not be as conscientious as you should about brushing and flossing or having routine exams and cleanings, or you might have a teeth grinding habit (bruxism) that breaks down your teeth. You may even lose a tooth because of an accident or severe decay or infection.
Dental Crowns Restore Damaged Teeth
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped ceramic jacket that covers the entire tooth. When it's in place, the crown strengthens the tooth and protects it from further damage. It also restores the appearance of the tooth and allows you to chew comfortably again.
We use only the finest materials for dental crowns at PhD Dental and will help you choose the one that best fits your needs. Some situations where our dentists might recommend a dental crown are:
- Protect a damaged tooth from further breakage
- Strengthen a tooth with little remaining structure
- Restore appearance and function for a dental implant
- Protect a tooth after root canal treatment
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Cover a severely discolored tooth
Placing a dental crown usually takes two visits to complete. During the first appointment, we prepare the tooth, take impressions, and give you a temporary crown to wear while our custom dental lab customizes your new crown.
In about two weeks when your new crown comes back from the lab, you will return to our office to have the temporary removed and the final cemented securely in place.
Replace Missing Teeth with a Dental Bridge
If you’ve lost a tooth, it’s a good idea to replace it as soon as possible to prevent neighboring teeth from moving into the open space. A dental bridge is an excellent option that replaces the missing tooth, improves your appearance, and helps you eat and speak comfortably again.
A bridge is typically a three-piece unit that consists of an artificial tooth (pontic) that sits in the open space with a crown attached to adjacent teeth on either side for support. The process for getting a bridge is similar to that of a crown and requires two visits to complete.
Call Us to Arrange an Appointment
The sooner we address problems like damaged or missing teeth, the sooner we can provide the treatment you need to restore the health and beauty of your smile. If you have damaged or missing teeth, please call our dentists in LA, Inglewood, Lynwood, or Pico Rivera to arrange a consultation.
We look forward to working with you and personalizing a solution that best fits your needs. Call PhD Dental to get started!