Crowns and bridges are customizable, natural-looking dental treatments to restore and protect your teeth and smile. Whether you’re missing a tooth or want to protect a broken or damaged tooth from future decay, crowns and bridges might be right for you. If you live in or around San Clemente, California, call Frederick A. Johnson Jr. DDS, Inc., or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about crowns and bridges.
Dental crowns are small porcelain caps that cover your teeth. They’re highly versatile—Dr. Johnson can tint and shape them to match your surrounding teeth to provide a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
Dr. Johnson uses dental crowns to cover imperfections like internal discoloration, chips, and uneven shapes and sizes. He may also recommend that you have a dental crown to cover a severely decayed tooth or to protect a tooth after a root canal. He also uses dental crowns to anchor bridges.
If you are missing a tooth or several adjacent teeth, a dental bridge is a prosthetic device to replace them, “bridging” the gap between your remaining teeth. A bridge is held in place with dental crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap.
Dental bridges are custom-made to fit your mouth precisely. Both the crowns and false teeth are designed to match your remaining natural teeth in shape, size, and color.
During his residency at Ole’ Miss, Dr. Johnson worked with a mentor who specialized in dental crowns and bridges. He has exceptional training and experience in fitting dental crowns and bridges for both cosmetic and restorative purposes.
Dr. Johnson usually installs crowns in two appointments. He begins by preparing your tooth or teeth for crowns by removing a thin layer of enamel. This allows the crown to fit over your tooth and line up with the neighboring teeth.
Then, he takes molds and pictures of the teeth that need crowns and any gaps left by missing teeth. He sends the images and molds to a dental lab where your crown and bridge are custom-made to fit your mouth correctly.
Before you leave, he applies temporary crowns to cover and protect any teeth he prepared for crowns.
At your second visit, Dr. Johnson removes the temporary crowns and fits your permanent crowns or bridge on to your teeth. He checks your bite and the fit of the crowns and bridge before permanently bonding the crowns to your teeth.
If you’re looking for expert dental care in San Clemente, call Dr. Johnson or schedule an appointment online today to find out if crowns or bridges are the right dental treatment for you.