Crowns And Bridges Specialist

Greater Long Beach Dental Group

General, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry & Orthodontics located in Long Beach, CA

Crowns and bridges are a perfect union of art and science, restoring your tooth with a prosthetic that’s as beautiful as it is functional. At Greater Long Beach Dental in Long Beach, California, Camille Adli, DDS, provides her patients with high-quality crowns and bridges to make their smile whole again. To learn more about how Dr. Adli can improve your quality of life with crowns and bridges, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking online.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What is a crown?

A crown is an artificial tooth cap. They’re permanently sealed to an existing root structure, like a natural tooth root or a dental implant. Once in place, a crown feels and functions just like your natural tooth.

When do I need a crown?

Dr. Adli uses crowns for a variety of purposes, such as:

  • To restore a tooth that’s suffered significant damage or decay
  • To replace a tooth that’s discolored, misshapen, or unsightly
  • To protect a tooth from further damage or decay

Crowns can also be used in conjunction with a dental implant to replace a tooth that’s missing entirely.

What is a bridge?

A bridge is a prosthetic device that replaces a missing tooth. It’s composed of an artificial tooth, called a “pontic,” that’s attached to a crown on either side. The crowns are affixed to your natural teeth that are adjacent to your missing tooth, effectively “bridging” the gap between teeth.

If your teeth can’t support bridges, you might need a bridge alternative. A cantilever bridge has a crown attached to just one side of the pontic, while a Maryland bonded bridge’s pontic is attached to a metal framework that’s sealed onto the back of your adjacent teeth. 

Why should I get a bridge?

A bridge fills in the missing holes in your smile, which has a number of cosmetic and medical benefits, including:

  • Preventing your teeth from shifting out of alignment
  • Maintaining the shape of your face
  • Improving your ability to properly eat and speak

A bridge also enhances your appearance by making your smile full again, which can improve your confidence and make you excited to share your smile with the world.

What’s involved in getting a crown or a bridge?

The first step in getting a crown or bridge is to prepare your tooth or teeth by shaving off some enamel. Dr. Adli numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic, then uses a drill to make room for your crown or bridge. 

If you’re getting a crown, she prepares your tooth to be crowned. If you’re getting a bridge, she prepares the teeth adjacent to your missing tooth.

Next, Dr. Adli takes an impression of your smile using dental putty or an intraoral camera. She sends that impression to a lab that designs your crown or bridge to fit comfortably in your mouth and blend seamlessly with your smile. 

You wear a temporary crown or bridge while you wait the week or so it takes for the lab to finish your permanent restoration.

You come back for another visit once your permanent restoration is ready. Dr. Adli removes your temporary restoration, checks the bite and fit of your permanent crown or bridge, and then seals it in place with dental cement. 

You leave the office with an instantly improved tooth and a renewed ability to eat, speak and smile with confidence.

Get your crown or bridge today by scheduling an appointment at Greater Long Beach Dental. You can book your visit by phone or online.