Part of the range of our restorative dentistry includes bridges and crowns. Both can stand alone procedures; however, they can be combined when certain conditions exist. Before recommending either of these treatments, Dr. Vazira always considers how to:
- Preserve as much as the natural tooth as possible
- Create a treatment plan to make bridges comfortable and reliable
- Fulfill the patient’s long-term dental goals
- By addressing the above points with every patient, our team continues to assist patients throughout Burbank and surrounding communities with bridges and crowns. Below is brief information about each procedure and what you can expect when opting for the treatment.
What Are Dental Bridges?
When one or more teeth are missing in a row of teeth, a dental pontic (or false tooth) can be placed to “bridge” the gap. Bridges are designed from several different types of materials. However, most patients have began to desire porcelain bridges due to their ability to blend with natural teeth. The bridge is supported by stable (or abutment) teeth on both sides. Four styles of bridges exists, namely:
With a well-crafted dental bridge, you can eat normally, have a brilliant smile, and experience improved speech. Under the direction of Dr. Tatiana Vazira, we offer caring, passionate, and knowledgeable dental care. You have 43 facial muscles, and many of them are active when you smile. We can help you make sure those muscles are getting worked out again so you can show off your perfect smile!
What Are Dental Crowns?
Did you know that crowns are one of the most common dental treatments for handling dental troubles? Crowns (alternatively called as caps) are generally designed to cover teeth, which have decayed or have been damaged. However, in some cases crowns are used as anchors for dentures or bridges.
Although a tooth has endured significant damage, it may be possible to restore it. Crowns allow patients to retain the “good” portion of a tooth and replace the damaged portion with porcelain. The procedure involved crowning (or capping) a damaged tooth with a porcelain piece that is shaped like the original tooth. The crown is also colored in the same hue as surrounding teeth. Crowns may be recommended in the following situations:
- Attaching a bridge
- Restoring a fractured tooth or protecting a tooth from future fracture
- Covering a tooth that required a root canal
- Replacing a filling
What To Expect
Before a bridge or crown is recommended, Dr. Vazira walks every patient through the treatment plan chosen. Hence, you can expect to be shown your current dental situation and why we are proposing a certain treatment plan. If you have inquires or concerns, Dr. Vazira would like to hear them. We’ll give you a visual presentation of how the treatment will resolve your issue. After the procedure, we’ll provide post-care instructions along with a schedule of check-ups.