Crowns and Bridges Arcadia, CA

Tooth crowns and bridges in Arcadia, CA are a practical and affordable way to complete your smile.

Your teeth have a tough job to do. The amount of force exerted by your jaw is enormous, and even though tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body, it still has its limits. Most people will need a dental restoration during their lifetime. Dr. Maria Kim believes that restorations can be protective as well as beautiful. For these reasons, she provides quality dental crowns and bridges in Arcadia, CA.

At Dr. Maria Kim, DMD, we create custom dental restorations to protect, replace, and improve your smile, and we have many options available.

If you’re considering restoring your smile, contact a member of our dental team today, and continue reading through the questions we’ve collected from patients to learn more about tooth crowns and dental bridges.

What is a tooth crown?

A tooth crown is a cap that goes over an existing tooth to the gumline. It is custom-designed to match your smile and blend in with your natural teeth—this includes shading. No one will guess that you even have a dental crown. They will only see a healthy tooth.

Dentists use dental crowns because they are versatile, easy to care for, and natural-looking when created by an experienced dentist.

How are tooth crowns used?

Dental crowns in Arcadia, CA have a variety of uses—everything from protecting a vulnerable tooth to supporting a dental bridge and concealing tooth flaws.

When your tooth sustains a fracture, it is more susceptible to continued damage and vulnerable to breakage while eating or chewing. Often, we will recommend a dental crown to stabilize your tooth and prolong its integrity. Protecting your natural teeth is the best way to keep your smile healthy, and working with a dentist can ensure that you get the dental treatments that you need. 

Often, a dental crown tops a tooth that was weakened following root canal therapy.

If you have small chips, stubborn discoloration, or a misshapen tooth, a dental crown can cosmetically conceal these issues. Additionally, if you have a small gap between two teeth, a dental crown can be sized and manipulated to tighten this space.

Dental crowns are also used to anchor dental bridges in Arcadia, CA, and to top implant posts following dental implant placement.  

A dental crown completely covers your tooth beginning at the gum line. A good fit is essential for proper function and comfort. We meticulously create a dental crown that looks natural, feels great, and fits well with your bite.

What types of tooth crowns do you offer?

Dental crowns in our Arcadia, CA dental office generally come in two types—porcelain and zirconium. No matter the dental crown you choose—or the crown that is best for your smile goals—Dr. Kim will make sure the tooth crown fits and fulfills its obligation to your smile or bite.  

Porcelain crowns – Porcelain tooth crowns in Arcadia, CA provide protection and match your smile. With the proper care, your dental crown can prolong the life of your tooth by years—even decades. Porcelain crowns are metal-free for those people wishing to preserve their smile without relying on metal—though this metal is not visible.

Zirconium crowns – Zirconium crowns are made of an elemental metal and offer outstanding durability and longevity. For people who have a strong bite, a clenching and grinding habit, or need a protective dental crown on a posterior tooth, zirconium offers a reliable solution.

At Dr. Maria Kim, DMD, our top Arcadia, CA dentist, will assess your smile and recommend the best crown to give you the desired look or function.

What is a dental bridge?

When you face tooth loss, you may have a number of questions about the consequences to your health and appearance. For patients who do not qualify for a dental implant or who simply want another option, a fixed dental bridge is a great choice.

Dental bridges, often made from porcelain, use two anchor crowns anchored to adjacent healthy teeth to hold one or more artificial teeth in place—suspended over your smile gap. Your dental bridge will complete your smile and act as a placeholder, keeping your remaining teeth from shifting, which is common when teeth are missing.

Dr. Kim creates dental bridges to match your existing teeth so that you can smile confidently. Also, because your bridge is affixed, you don’t have to worry about adhesives or slippage. When you smile, others will only see a full set of teeth in a uniform shade.

Is a dental bridge right for me?

Before beginning any restoration work, Dr. Kim examines your teeth and gums to make sure the treatment or procedure is right for you. If a specific procedure will not give you the results you’re looking for, she recommends an alternative or similar treatment whenever possible.

If you have healthy adjacent teeth on either side of your smile gap capable of holding dental crowns and supporting your dental bridge, you likely qualify for a dental bridge. In some cases, Dr. Kim recommends a dental implant to provide extra support if needed. An implant-supported bridge is similar to a crown-suspended bridge.

Dr. Kim always works hard to provide the right bridge for your smile.

Is a dental bridge similar to a partial denture?

A dental bridge and partial denture in Arcadia, CA are similar in the fact that they act as placeholders for missing teeth. However, a dental bridge is affixed and a more permanent solution. A partial denture, on the other hand, is removable and attached with clips to healthy teeth.

Dr. Kim customizes a denture to fit your smile if missing teeth are not in a row because partial dentures fit around existing teeth and hold restorative teeth to fill in the gaps here and there. A bridge may be the better option if you have missing teeth in a row because the bridge teeth are anchored to adjacent teeth.

Dr. Kim assesses your smile and your goals and provides the best options for you to choose from.

How do I care for my crowns and bridge?

The best investment you can make in your dental restorations is to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups can add years to your restorations.

Dental bridges require special care. Tools such as floss threaders and small brushes can help to keep the area around your dental bridge clean and healthy. We will recommend products to make it easy to care for your dentistry.

Also, never use your bridge teeth (or your natural teeth) to twist off a cap or as a tool. If you grind and clench your teeth, it is also essential to ask a member of our caring team about a custom nightguard.

Contact Our Arcadia, CA Dental Office to Schedule an Exam

We look forward to helping you achieve a beautiful and comfortable smile. Contact our Arcadia, CA dental office today to schedule your next dental exam and to discuss tooth crowns and dental bridges.

We look forward to meeting you!