Crowns and Bridges
If you have weakened, discolored, or missing teeth, crowns or dental bridges may be the answers you’ve been looking for. In our Fresno, CA dental office, we provide quality tooth crowns and dental bridges every day, and our patients have been very happy with their results.
What Is a Tooth Crown?
A tooth crown is a cap that goes over your tooth. It can be colored and contoured to match your surrounding teeth.
Tooth Crowns in General Dentistry
In general dentistry, our Fresno, CA dentists use tooth crowns to support a damaged or weak tooth.
A complicated root infection or trauma to your tooth may render it weak and vulnerable to breakage. In these situations, we recommend a dental crown to restore strength and keep your tooth viable.
We may recommend the need for a crown when we see teeth with:
- Large fillings with thin or weak supporting tooth structure
- Cracks or fractures
- Signs of wear or fatigue
Tooth Crowns in Cosmetic Dentistry
In cosmetic dentistry, our dentists may recommend a tooth crown to conceal tooth discoloration, tooth flaws, tooth shape issues, and small gaps between teeth.
A quality tooth crown in Fresno, CA also tops an abutment following your dental implant procedure, completing your tooth replacement.
Tooth Crowns and Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is an artificial tooth (or teeth) meant to fill in for a missing tooth. The artificial tooth is suspended between two tooth crowns. These crowns cover adjacent teeth on either side of your smile gap to support your new tooth.
If adjacent teeth are not strong enough, or the layout of your teeth cannot adequately support a dental bridge, our Fresno, CA dentists may recommend a dental implant to better support your dental bridge.
Caring for Tooth Crowns and Dental Bridges
Crowns require the same care as natural teeth. This means brushing and flossing at least twice per day and avoiding sugary and acidic foods and beverages.
It’s also crucial to visit Callister Dental twice per year for dental exams and teeth cleanings.
We also recommend a floss threader, or small cleaning brush, to clean around and below your dental bridge.
If you grind or clench your teeth, always talk to your dentist about a custom night guard. While our crowns and bridges are strong, grinding and clenching may lead to a cracked bridge or tooth breakage.
Also, never use your crown or bridge as a tool to open a lid or twist off a cap. This is true for your natural teeth as well!
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is critical to the longevity of your tooth crowns and dental bridges. Poor oral hygiene can lead to cavities, gum disease, or infections that can make crowns and bridges fail.
Contact Callister Dental Today
If you have a weak tooth or missing teeth, contact our Fresno, CA dental office today to schedule an exam and chat with one of our top dentists to learn more about your options.
We proudly serve patients in Fresno, Clovis, Madera, and surrounding areas.