Dr. Denes Explains the Difference Between a Crown and Bridge

Sep 8th, 2017 | By | Category: Fresno General Dentistry, Fresno Restorative Dentistry, Gum Disease, Oral Health, Periodontal Health

dentist explains crown and bridgeCrowns are used as restorations and prosthetics. This means, a crown can restore a tooth that’s been damaged by decay or breakage, as a restorative application. A crown can also replace a single lost tooth, when attached to an implant post.

Crowns are also an important part of bridges, sometimes called crowns and bridges. The crowns on either end of a prosthetic dental bridge anchor the device in place. Most often, bridges are secured by crowns placed onto healthy, natural teeth. However, the crowns can also be secured to implant posts.

Are you embarrassed of your smile due to missing or damaged teeth? Call 559-297-1294 to schedule an appointment in Fresno, CA with Dr. Denes today to discuss if a crown or bridge will benefit you.

All About Dental Crowns

Fresno, CA dentist Dr. Claudia Denes works with quality labs and dental ceramists to construct durable, esthetic and metal crowns, as well as crowns and bridges. With proper care and good oral health, crowns can last 15 years or longer, depending upon the material with which they are made.

For natural looking restorations and replacement teeth, Dr. Denes prefers to use porcelain dental crowns. Also called ceramic, porcelain looks much like tooth enamel, so the patient keeps an all-white, sparkling smile, after crown placement.

In some cases, particularly on back teeth, a porcelain fused to metal (PFM) or all metal crown is necessary. A tooth-colored zirconia crown may also be used, if the patient wants all of his or her teeth to be white. However, zirconia is more expensive than PFM or metal.

All About Bridges

The same respected labs and technicians that make our crowns also design and fabricate our bridges. We can make bridges from metal, PFM, or porcelain. Dr. Denes will recommend the best material to meet your needs, long-term. Like crowns, dental bridges can last 15 years or longer if the patient is in good health and does not incur injury.

A dental bridge is a prosthetic device that replaces one, two, or three missing teeth. Bridges can attach to natural teeth or dental implants. At your consultation, Dr. Denes will explain the differences in bridge attachment options, so you and she can make an informed and wise decision regarding the future of your smile.

What Are Dental Implants?

Simply put, a dental implant resembles a screw and is embedded in the jawbone to act as a tooth root, where a tooth is missing. Each implant post is crafted with biocompatible titanium. We use implants for single tooth replacement, in which one implant supports a single crown. We also rely on implants to secure a multiple-tooth prosthetic, like a bridge or denture. Two implants can hold a bridge firmly in place, and an upper or lower denture generally requires four to six implants for complete stability.

Are implants right for you? Dr. Denes will examine the health and strength of your gums and jawbone during your consultation. Viable bone should be strong, while gums should appear pink. If your bone is not dense enough to support an implant, you can undergo a bone graft to improve candidacy.

After implant placement, you can expect to wait four to six months while your bone tissue integrates with the implant posts during a phase we call osseointegration. Once this phase is complete, Dr. Denes can attach your permanent prosthetic. Maintain good oral health, and your implants could last the rest of your life.

For more information about a crown and bridge, call 559-297-1294 today to schedule an appointment with Fresno, CA dentist Dr. Denes.

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