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By Jerry A. Johnson, D.D.S.
March 10, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Bridges   dental crowns  

Crowns and bridges can do so many things for your smile. Together, they restore your smile by securely anchoring artificial teeth in place. With your smile restored, they also help restore biting and chewing functions and reduce strain on surrounding teeth. Dr. Jerry Johnson is your Pasadena dentist for crowns and bridges.

How Crowns and Bridges Work

Crowns and bridges make it possible to fill the gaps in your smile by replacing missing teeth with artificial ones. The bridge contains artificial teeth called pontics for filling in the gaps where teeth are missing. Crowns are protective caps that fit over existing teeth or implants and can be used to anchor a dental bridge in place. A crown is positioned at each end of the bridge. The crowns fit over an existing tooth on either side of the gap to hold the bridge in place.

Benefits of Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and bridges restore your smile by eliminating the gaps caused by missing teeth. And since bridges are secured with crowns, they offer the benefit of remaining securely in place and you do not have to worry about it slipping out of place when eating or speaking as you might with a denture.

Several other benefits result from filling the gaps in your smile with crowns and bridges. When teeth are missing, the remaining teeth can endure added strain and become worn down faster. Further, gaps from missing teeth can alter the way you speak by causing the tongue to slip into the gaps when speaking. In addition to restoring your smile, filling in the gaps with crowns and bridges can address all of these concerns.

Crowns and bridges can restore your smile and resolve many of the problems associated with having missing teeth, such as alleviating the increased strain on surrounding teeth. To find out if crowns and bridges are the right option for restoring your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Johnson, your Pasadena dentist, by calling the office at (626) 798-7896. In addition to serving the Pasadena area, Dr. Johnson also serves Altadena, Monrovia, Sierra Madre, and the San Gabriel Valley.

By Jerry A. Johnson, D.D.S.
April 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

A fall on some slippery stairs damaged a front tooth. You have a large chip, and the enamel is becoming discolored. After a root canal dental crownsprocedure, your tooth is healthy again but stands out in your otherwise attractive smile. A dental crown can improve the appearance of that front tooth, and with some help from your dentist in Pasadena, CA, Dr. Jerry Johnson, that crowned tooth can live on for many years.

What is a dental crown?

It's the most frequently placed dental restoration next to fillings, reports the Cleveland Clinic. The single-tooth crown is a tooth-shaped jacket which fits over and protects remaining healthy tooth structure. Most dentists, including Dr. Johnson in Pasadena, choose naturally-colored porcelain for most crown applications, including dental implant restoration, finishing root canal therapy and securing fixed bridgework.

The crown process

It takes two visits with Dr. Johnson and his staff. During the initial consultation, Dr. Johnson examines the damaged tooth and X-rays it. Then, he can remove the unhealthy portions and shape it to receive the crown. Oral impressions and a detailed treatment plan give the dental lab information necessary for fabrication of the restoration. While you wait for your new crown, you'll wear a temporary version to keep your smile bright and functional.

At the next visit, Dr. Johnson will remove that temporary crown and bond the permanent one in place. He ensures crowns sit properly on the prepared tooth and bite together with the opposing arch of teeth. With that, your crown is complete.

As with your other teeth, you'll want to avoid plaque and tartar accumulation around your crown. So brush twice a day, and floss the restored tooth, too. Wear a bite guard if you grind your teeth (ask Dr. Johnson about one), and keep your routine cleaning appointments.

Finally, enjoy your crown and your renewed smile. Most porcelain crowns stay in place for at least ten years of service. If you encounter any problems, just call Dr. Johnson's office.

Bring back your smile

Dental crowns do just that for millions of people every year in the US. Find out more by booking a consultation with Dr. Johnson and his friendly team in Pasadena, CA: (626) 798-7896.



 

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