Teeth that are damaged or missing can wreak havoc on your smile. They’re not only an eyesore, but they can actually be harmful to your oral health. At Life Bloom Dental in Portland, Oregon, Daniel Cho, DMD, restores damaged teeth and replaces missing ones with high-quality dental crowns and bridges. Make your smile whole again by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Cho today. You can book your visit by phone or online.
A dental crown is an artificial tooth cap. It’s permanently affixed to an existing root structure, like a natural tooth root or a dental implant, where it covers the entire portion of your tooth that’s sticking out from your gum.
Your dental crown is designed from a mold of your smile, so it fits comfortably in line with the rest of your teeth, feeling, functioning, and sometimes even looking just like a natural tooth.
Dental crowns have a variety of functions, including:
In the case of dental implants, a crown puts the finishing touches on your tooth replacement.
A dental bridge is a prosthetic device that replaces a tooth or teeth that are missing entirely. It’s composed of an artificial tooth, called a “pontic,” that’s attached to a crown on either side. It’s called a “bridge” because it literally bridges the gap between teeth where you have a hole in your smile.
If the teeth adjacent to your missing teeth aren’t healthy enough to support crowns, Dr. Cho can provide you with alternative bridges. A cantilever bridge is attached to a crown on just one side, while a Maryland bridge uses a metal framework that’s bonded to the backs of the adjacent teeth.
In order to understand the benefits of a dental bridge, it first helps to understand the complications associated with missing teeth. Your smile is like a watch: it’s a delicate piece of machinery that has numerous parts all working together in harmony. When one of those parts is missing, it throws off the entire machine.
Missing teeth can lead to such complications as:
By filling in the holes in your smile, a bridge prevents many of the problems that missing teeth can otherwise cause.
Dr. Cho can install your crown or bridge with just a few easy office visits.
During your first visit, Dr. Cho prepares your teeth. If you’re getting a crown, he shaves down some of the enamel on your tooth-to-be-crowned. If you’re getting a bridge, he shaves down the teeth next to your missing tooth.
Once your teeth are prepared, he takes an impression of your mouth that’s used to custom-design your crown or bridge to fit in seamlessly with your smile. He fits you with a temporary restoration while you wait for your permanent solution to come back from the lab.
You come back for a second appointment once your permanent crown or bridge is ready. Dr. Cho swaps out your temporary restoration for the permanent one, checks that the bite and fit are good, then seals it in place with dental cement. You leave the office ready to speak, eat, and smile with confidence.
Don’t wait any longer to upgrade your smile. Schedule your dental crown and bridge appointment with Dr. Cho today by calling the Life Bloom Dental office or booking a visit online.