Crowns And Bridges

Michelle de la Vega, DDS -  - Family Dentistry

Genesis Dentistry Dental Group

Michelle de la Vega, DDS

Family Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Santa Clara, CA

Whether you care for them or not, your teeth are susceptible to damage. If you chip, break, or lose a tooth or multiple teeth next to each other, Michelle de la Vega, DDS, at Genesis Dentistry Dental Group in Santa Clara, California, creates custom crowns and bridges that match your natural teeth and prevent more damage. To explore your crown and bridge options, reserve an appointment at Genesis Dentistry Dental Group by phone or online today.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What are crowns and bridges?

Crowns and bridges are two types of custom-crafted dental prosthetics that you can’t take out of your mouth at will. They both restore your full functional smile after you lose or damage one or more teeth. However, the two devices have some differences:

Crowns

A crown fits perfectly over a single natural tooth or a dental implant to reinforce its structure. You have the choice between porcelain or ceramic crown that looks just like your original tooth or a metal crown that is stronger but doesn’t quite fit in visually. Crowns are also often present on one or both sides of a bridge to hold it in place.

Bridges

Dr. de la Vega may recommend dental bridges if you’re missing one or several teeth in a row. They consist of false tooth-like structures to fill the gap left by your missing teeth, as well as crowns or a metal framework to attach to your healthy teeth and keep the bridge in place. Just like crowns, you have a choice of the material for your bridge.

Why should I get a crown or bridge?

Crowns and bridges for missing or damaged teeth don’t just make your smile look more attractive. Other benefits of getting crowns and bridges include:

  • Allowing you to chew your food
  • Helping you speak clearly
  • Maintaining the shape of your face
  • Stopping your teeth from drifting into the gap
  • Distributing your bite forces evenly
  • Preventing sensitivity from an exposed nerve

Overall, you have fewer chances of developing more dental complications when you restore teeth with crowns or bridges than if you leave your missing or damaged teeth alone. 

How long do crowns and bridges last?

As strong and sturdy as they are, crowns and bridges are not immune to damage. They can come loose or break. Crowns last between five and 15 years depending on how well you care for them. Bridges last between five and 10 years with the proper care. 

To ensure that you get the most time out of each new crown or bridge, you must:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice daily
  • Floss at least once each day
  • Visit Genesis Dentistry Dental Group for cleanings twice yearly
  • Report problems with your appliances or other teeth immediately
  • Eat a lot of fruits and veggies

In the event of an accident involving your crown or bridge, call Dr. de la Vega as soon as possible for instructions.

Book a consultation with Dr. de la Vega by phone or online to start repairing your teeth with crowns or bridges today.