Crowns & Bridges Q & A

A dental crown acts as a cap that your dentist places over your tooth. It works to restore discolored, chipped, broken, or cracked teeth and is designed to blend in with your natural teeth.

Dental crowns can change the appearance, size, and shape of damaged teeth.

Placing a dental crown involves removing a layer of the outer surface of your tooth to prepare it to fit the shape of the crown. When your dental crown is completely cemented in place, it covers the entire visible portion of your tooth and blends in.

Your Volterra dentist takes time to match the crown to the right color to blend with your teeth and give you a natural look.

You might need a dental crown to:

  • Cover a dental implant
  • Hold a dental bridge in place
  • Protect and restore a damaged, broken, or chipped tooth
  • To improve the appearance of a badly shaped or discolored tooth

You might also need a crown if you have a large filling and not enough tooth available to hold the filling properly in place.

You should keep your crowns clean just as you would your normal teeth. Keep up to date with your at-home cleanings and your professional dental cleanings and preventive care.

The crown itself can’t decay, but the edge where the crown joins your teeth can, so it’s important you maintain adequate dental hygiene and care to prevent decay.

Volterra Dental recommends brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, spending sufficient time and energy reaching the back areas of your teeth and crowns.

A bridge is a fixed dental prosthesis that bridges the gap created by missing teeth. When there’s a single missing tooth, a bridge is composed of two crowns that fit on top of the natural teeth either side of the gap, and one artificial tooth in the middle that bridges the gap.

Bridges work by permanently joining an artificial tooth to dental implants or adjacent teeth. The type of bridge depends on how they’re created and how they anchor to surrounding teeth.

Bridges and crowns work together to help you maintain your bite and prevent remaining teeth from shifting out of place.

If you’re interested in crowns or bridges, visit the Volterra Dental team. Call the office at (562) 501-3188 or schedule your appointment online today.

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Dr. Richard Blackburn is a highly sought after dentist in Los Alamitos. Having received training at Midwestern University, he earned a strong reputation amongst his instructors and peers as an exceptionally skilled and professional clinician. He possesses extensive training and experience in wisdom teeth extractions, root canals, restorations, implant placement, sleep, and TMJ analysis, among other general dentistry treatments. In addition to enjoying family time, he loves to visit the beach. Being born and raised in Southern Orange County, he is keen to give back to the community and strives to build lasting relationships through comfortable, customized, and high-quality dental treatments.