If you have damaged or missing teeth, it can cause you to cover up your smile and lose self-confidence. Mark Simon, DDS, offers crowns and bridges at his South Bay office in Torrance, California, to restore your smile and help your natural teeth stay in place. To explore your options for crowns and bridges, call Dr. Simon’s office or schedule an appointment online today.
Crowns and bridges are both permanent oral appliances, unlike removable dentures. They’re used to correct imperfections in your smile, though in different ways:
Crowns cover teeth that are still in your mouth. Exposed damaged teeth are prone to additional damage, so it’s important to keep them protected and retain their structure. Crowns can also be placed over teeth that are near gaps in order to anchor bridges, which are false teeth, in place.
You can choose from a variety of materials for your crown, including gold, silver, porcelain, or ceramic. Your choice depends on the strength you need for the tooth, your budget, and how you want it to look.
Bridges are false teeth that are anchored by the surrounding teeth or dental implants. The gaps in your mouth need to be filled in order to prevent your remaining teeth from moving around and also to protect your exposed gum. Like crowns, you have a choice of the material that your bridges are made of depending on your budget, strength needs, and how you want them to look.
There are several reasons why you may choose to get crowns or bridges. Benefits of crowns and bridges include:
During your initial consultation, Dr. Simon evaluates the extent of damaged or missing teeth in your mouth and determines whether you need crowns, bridges, or both. The appliances are very durable and can last a long time with regular professional care.
After evaluating your needs, Dr. Simon reduces the size of your teeth so the crowns can fit comfortably over them without appearing bulky. Then, he’ll take an impression of your teeth to create crowns that fit perfectly over them. If you opt for a tooth-colored material like porcelain or ceramic, he’ll make sure to match the color of your appliance closely to the color of your natural teeth.
When the appliance is ready, Dr. Simon prepares your teeth before cementing the crown or bridge to them. Once it’s attached, he’ll give you instructions for care to ensure it stays in place.
If your smile needs improvement because of missing or damaged teeth, call Mark Simon, DDS, or schedule an appointment online today to find out if you can benefit from a crown or bridge.