Crowns & Bridges Specialist

Oakland City Dental

Dahab Gaime, DDS

Dentist located in Oakland, CA

Are you considering dental crowns to replace missing teeth? Crowns are the right choice for many men and women, and they might be the right choice for you, too. In fact, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry 15 million people in the United States have crowns to replace missing teeth. Missing teeth can cause a whole host of problems. They can impair speech, misalign your bite, or cause an unsightly gap in your smile. A dental bridge is another excellent solution that literally “bridges” any gaps or missing teeth you might want to restore. If you’re looking to fill in your smile, schedule a consultation today with Dahab Gaime, DDS, and the professionals at Oakland City Dental in Oakland, California.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What is a crown?

A crown is a cover for a damaged tooth. It's designed in the shape of the original tooth and can enhance the tooth's appearance and stability. The crown goes over the original tooth and is bonded into place, so the tooth is completely covered, from the gum line up.

What is a bridge?

A bridge is a replacement tooth that fills the gap between two “anchoring” teeth or implants, which are called the abutment teeth. The abutment teeth are fitted with crowns that flank each side of the fake tooth, which is called a pontic. Pontics and crowns can be made from metal, ceramics (porcelain), or a combination of the two. Your dentist will work with you to determine which materials are right for your smile.

Are dental crowns a good fit for me?

The experienced dentists at Oakland City Dental may suggest a crown for many reasons. A crown can cover a dark or misshapen tooth or a dental implant.

Crowns are more than cosmetic solutions. They can cover and protect a weak or cracked natural tooth. Teeth that are weakened by decay or extremely large fillings are at risk of breaking unless they're strengthened with a crown.

Whether you need a crown for cosmetic reasons or to strengthen weakened or broken teeth, a dental crown can protect teeth.

Why should I get a bridge?

There are many reasons that we’re supposed to have a full set of teeth! A missing tooth can cause damage that extends well beyond cosmetic considerations, such as:

  • impair your ability to properly chew or speak
  • cause the neighboring and opposing teeth to drift out of alignment, affecting your bite and causing pain
  • allow your jawbone to shrink, which can significantly alter the appearance and function of your lips, cheek, and face

A bridge restores the structure to the architecture of your mouth, which provides a wide range of both cosmetic and medical benefits.

What type of crown is best for my teeth?

There are a variety of dental crown materials to consider. Crowns can be made from:

  • Stainless steel
  • Gold or another alloy
  • Porcelain fused to metal
  • Resin
  • Ceramic

The material used depends on a range of factors. For example, stainless steel is typically the go-to material for temporary crowns. Prefabricated stainless steel crowns are a frequent choice for children who have decayed baby teeth and need crowns.

Metal crowns are durable and able to withstand the impact of biting and chewing, but because of their noticeable color, they're usually reserved for use on back molars.

Porcelain fused to metal crowns are more aesthetically pleasing than stainless steel crowns, but they aren't perfect. For example, the metal portion of the crown might be visible as a dark line close to the gums, and the opposing teeth might endure more wear than with other types of crowns.

All-ceramic crowns are the best option for men and women with metal allergies. All-resin crowns are cheaper than many other types of crowns, but more susceptible to wear and tear and therefore, cracking.

How do I get a bridge?

You’ll need more than one visit with your dentist to install your bridge. On the first visit, your dentist will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap (the abutment teeth). This process involves removing a portion of the enamel from the teeth so that they can be fitted for crowns.

On this visit, your dentist will also make impressions of your teeth to send out to a dental lab, where they’ll be used as a model for technicians to create the bridge. You’ll then be fitted with a temporary bridge to protect the exposed teeth while the permanent bridge is being molded.

When you return for your second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary bridge, place the permanent bridge, and check and adjust the fit before permanently cementing it. She’ll then discuss proper maintenance with you and send you back into the world with a full and healthy smile!

What should I expect when I get a crown?

A dental crown procedure typically involves two visits to the dentist, at a minimum. During the first appointment, your Oakland City Dental professional will take X-rays to determine the health of the tooth that needs a crown.

Next, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and its surrounding tissue. The tooth will be filed down or built up so that the crown will fit properly and securely. After that, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth. The impression will be sent to the lab and used to custom-make the crown. Your dentist will place a temporary crown over your tooth until the permanent crown is completed.

Would you like to learn more about dental crowns and bridges? Think you might need a crown or bridge replaced? Contact the experienced professionals at Oakland City Dental or make an appointment online.