Dental crowns and bridges are commonly used in dental practices near Sacramento, CA because they are perfect for restoring the smile. These restorations are made of ceramic and are fabricated to match the existing teeth so that they blend in perfectly to maintain the integrity and aesthetics of the smile. Drs. Kosta J. Adams and Kristen J. Adams can help patients determine if dental crowns and bridges are appropriate for their needs.
Dental crowns and bridges play an important part in dentistry.
Dental crowns, often referred to as “caps,” are porcelain restorations that are created to help protect the natural structure of a tooth. They are made to bond over the top of a prepared tooth that has been damaged to keep it from experiencing further problems, thus reducing the possibility of requiring a permanent extraction. Drs. Kosta J. Adams and Kristen J. Adams of the Sacramento, CA area fabricate these restorations based on the color and shape of the existing teeth to ensure they blend in with the smile and look completely natural.
When missing teeth become a problem, it is important for patients to speak to their dentists about replacement. Dental bridges are often considered for patients who want a more permanent solution than a removable denture but a less expensive option than dental implants. Dental bridges are made from dental crowns and false teeth called pontics bonded together and placed over the adjacent teeth. This helps “bridge the gap” and provide patients with a more beautiful smile even after tooth loss has occurred.
Both dental bridges and dental crowns are made to specifications set forth by the dentists in our practice. They are fabricated through an outside laboratory by a professional ceramist who takes the impressions of the prepared teeth to make the new restorations. We use only quality professionals to create bridges, crowns, veneers, and other ceramic pieces to restore the smile to ensure the best results.
Drs. Kosta J. Adams and Kristen J. Adams of the Sacramento, CA area believe in offering their patients affordable, effective solutions to their dental care needs. Call them today to book a consultation appointment and educate yourself on the many ways in which dental crowns and bridges can repair a smile and make it more beautiful and effective.
The word “bridge” is defined as “a structure that spans a chasm.” It may trigger a mental picture of the Golden Gate Bridge or some other proud overpass, but a dental bridge serves essentially the same purpose. It fills the gap in your smile created by a missing tooth or several consecutive missing teeth. Modern dentistry provides other options for that situation, but a bridge remains a sound dental solution in many cases. Sacramento dentist, Dr. Kosta Adams and his daughter, Dr. Kristen Adams explain more about dental bridges.
There are four types of dental bridges.
For a traditional bridge, teeth adjacent to the gap are shaped to hold porcelain crowns. The dental bridge consists of those crowns on either side of an attached pontic – an artificial tooth. The crowns are bonded onto the prepped teeth to hold the pontic securely in place at the site of the missing tooth. This is sometimes called a crown and bridge unit, or a fixed bridge because it cannot be removed by the patient. The disadvantage of this type is that otherwise healthy teeth have to be reduced (ground down) to house the crowns.
A cantilever bridge is used when there is an adjacent tooth only on one side of the gap. It works to restore the furthest posterior tooth in a tight space that isn’t subject to much lateral (side to side) stress from chewing. It isn’t as strong as a traditional bridge, since it is only supported on one side.
A Maryland bridge is a metal frame that supports a plastic replacement for gum tissue and teeth. It has metal wings on each side that are bonded to existing teeth. Most patients today want a metal-free and more permanent solution. However, this resin-bonded bridge is a lower-cost option that requires little or no shaping of adjacent teeth.
An implant-supported bridge may be appropriate for the patient who is missing several teeth. Dental implants are placed in the jawbone at either end of the gap. The bone fuses solidly with these implants. The implants hold abutments. They support bridgework consisting of multiple pontics, which is cemented in place. It is a cost-effective alternative to using a dental implant to restore all of the missing teeth, and it provides some bone stimulation.
Dental bridges usually have to be replaced periodically and they require a little extra hygiene effort. However, they can be a good solution for the patient who is not a candidate for dental implants. Is a dental bridge right for you? Find out by calling (916) 999-1302 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kosta or Dr. Kristen Adams.
Drs. Kosta J. Adams and Kristen J. Adams are experienced in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. They know that many patients are self-conscious about their smiles because of lost or broken teeth. When patients in and around the Sacramento area visit the practice of Drs. Kosta J. Adams and Kristen J. Adams interested in restorative solutions, they may be introduced to a wide range of porcelain restorations that are used in their practice. One of them is crowns.
Crowns sometimes referred to as caps, are porcelain restorations that are bonded over the existing teeth to provide extra structure and protection.
Drs. Kosta J. Adams and Kristen J. Adams will take the time to determine if patients are appropriate candidates for the placement of dental crowns. Dental crowns are versatile and are used in many situations.
- Dental crowns may be used to cover a tooth that is broken or chipped, giving it protection to keep it from breaking further.
- Dental crowns may be placed over the abutment of a dental implant to act as a false tooth.
- Dental crowns may be fused to a pontic, a false tooth, to create a restoration known as a dental bridge, commonly used in situations when patients need to replace one or more teeth in a row.
- Dental crowns may cover teeth that are permanently stained for an effective way of disguising the issue.
Dental crowns are fabricated after the teeth have been prepared with the removal of a portion of the enamel. Impressions are made and sent to a dental laboratory with dentist instructions regarding the color, shape, and size of the new restoration. Within a week or two, patients will have their new dental cap.
Drs. Kosta J. Adams and Kristen J. Adams work closely with their patients to determine the best possible way to improve their smiles. Contact us today if you live in or around the Sacramento area.
Repairing the smile is sometimes necessary. Problems can arise that need to be addressed for health and wellness. This includes covering a tooth to add an extra layer of protection. Sacramento area dentists achieve this with the placement of dental crowns for tooth coverage.
Dental crowns have been used in general and cosmetic dentistry for years. In many instances, these porcelain “caps” are bonded over natural teeth to add protection. This is because the porcelain is strong and durable and can cover teeth that have been weakened or broken. Repairing these teeth is important to maintaining the structure and avoiding further damage.
Crowns are fabricated to bond over the top of a tooth. They are made after the tooth has been prepared with the removal of enamel. Removing enamel is important, as it allows the crown to be bonded in place without adding bulk. This ensures the restoration looks completely natural and blends in beautifully with the smile.
Crowns are made by a dental laboratory chosen by our professional dentists Drs. Kosta J. Adams and Kristen J. Adams. The laboratory receives specific information in regards to color, shape, and size of the tooth, as well as the impressions taken after preparation. This ensures proper fit and seamless integration once placed. Patients may have a temporary crown placed for functionality and aesthetics. The entire process takes approximately one to two weeks and can provide years, sometimes decades, of repair for one or more teeth. The longevity of this repair depends on daily home care from patients and regular examinations by the dentist.
Drs. Kosta J. Adams and Kristen J. Adams are professionals ready to assist patients in a wide range of treatments. They understand how a beautiful smile can impact one’s self-esteem, as well as how a healthy smile can last a lifetime. By offering both general and cosmetic dentistry services, this team can enhance the smiles of patients in and around the area of Sacramento. Contact their practice today to book your appointment by calling (916) 999-1302.
Dental crowns are a versatile type of tooth restoration that can be used in many different oral health scenarios. Also known as tooth caps, crowns are placed on top of the visible portion of the tooth and can be used to repair a broken tooth, strengthen a tooth after a root canal, or improve the aesthetic appearance of a tooth. At Adams Dental Associates, dental crowns are one of the most common services we provide to patients in Sacramento because they are affordable, effective, and long-lasting.
About dental crowns
Dental crowns can be used to improve the appearance, strength, or functionality of tooth. They are most often used for teeth that have been impacted by decay or trauma. Porcelain is one of the most common materials for dental crowns because it closely resembles natural tooth enamel and is strong enough to withstand the force of biting and chewing. However, dental crowns can also be made of other materials. We will work with you to determine which type of dental crown is best for your needs.
Dental crowns are fabricated in a high-quality off-site laboratory based on impressions that are taken in our office. Temporary crowns can be placed over the tooth to protect it while waiting for your final restoration. Once in place, your final crown will blend in beautifully within your smile.
Benefits of dental crowns
- The porcelain can be color-matched to nearby teeth so that it blends in naturally within your smile
- Dental crowns cannot be affected by cavities
- Dental crowns are versatile enough to correct several common dental problems, such as cracks, chips, misshapen, or broken teeth
- Dental crowns can be attached to a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
- Dental crowns can be used as anchors to secure dental bridges in place
Schedule your dental crown appointment in Sacramento today
Dental crowns are a fast and affordable way to enhance your oral health and the beauty of your smile. If you are in the Sacramento, CA area and would like to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, please call Adams Dental Associates today at (916) 999-1302.