Crowns and bridges are used to save damaged teeth or replace those that are missing. At Sugarfree Dental, located in the Koreatown/East Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California, top-rated dentist Daniel Kyu Yang, DDS provides expert technical skill and the latest technology in restoring damaged teeth with durable, natural-looking crowns.
Crowns are restorations that are designed to surround your entire tooth to provide protection, strength, and cosmetic enhancement. Crowns are made of very durable material that can be custom-tinted to blend perfectly with the surrounding teeth. The most common uses of dental crowns include:
The crown application process requires two office visits. During the first office visit:
During the second office visit:
Bridges use special clips to attach to the teeth on either side of the opening that’s left by one or more missing teeth. When biting or chewing, the pressure on the bridge is absorbed by these supportive teeth. Crowns are used to provide an added layer of protection, so the supporting teeth don’t become damaged.
No, crowns just need to be brushed, flossed, and checked by your dentist at regular intervals to ensure they remain in good shape. It’s also important to avoid chewing or biting on hard objects, ice, or candy to prevent chipping your crown. (That’s also good advice for natural teeth.)
Today’s durable crowns can last 10-15 years or more.
No, crowns, veneers, and other restorations usually don’t respond to whitening treatments. If they become discolored, they’ll need to be replaced. Whitening is often recommended prior to crown placement to ensure the crown matches teeth when they’re at their whitest.