Dental Crowns and Bridges

diagram of a dental crown in Los Gatos, CAAt James Lin, DMD, we intend to catch any dental issue early, but we also understand how common it is for one of your teeth to benefit from a dental crown or possibly a dental bridge. Dental professionals have turned to porcelain crowns for years because of their fit, durability, and natural appearance.

Dr. James Lin may recommend a dental crown when a tooth is in a more compromised state and a filling–although it seals the tooth–cannot protect it from fracturing. A local dental lab creates these for you based on a precise impression of your existing tooth. A crown acts as a porcelain helmet that fits snugly over your weakened tooth. After we fit and cement it into place, your dental crown may last up to a decade or longer.

5 Ways We Use Dental Crowns

Versatility is another reason Dr. Lin will recommend a dental crown. Five of the most common uses for a crown are:

  1. To reinforce a tooth with too many cavities
  2. To fix more significant surface flaws or damaged enamel
  3. As part of a dental bridge
  4. To protect a tooth that is weakened after root canal therapy
  5. As the top part of a dental implant

The Dental Crown Process in Los Gatos, CA

In most of the above cases, we require two visits to place a dental crown. At the beginning of your first appointment, Dr. Lin will provide local anesthesia to make the procedure more comfortable. Then, Dr. Lin recontours the enamel surfaces to fit the parameters of your proposed dental crown. Next, We take an impression of the prepared tooth, and our local lab uses this mold to fabricate a custom crown that matches Dr. Lin’s crown design. Lastly, a temporary crown will be made and cemented on your tooth to protect it for the time it takes for the lab to create your finished crown.

We are proud to use a local dental lab, and we may even send you there for color matching in highly esthetic cases. For example, while many people select an all-ceramic dental crown, we also may recommend a crown with porcelain fused to a metal core for extra strength or even porcelain fused to zirconia for a strong and vibrant look.

Once the crown is ready, you’ll return to our dental office for your second appointment. Again, Dr. Lin will check the fit, color, and bite alignment. The last step is when we cement the crown securely in place.

We Offer Dental Bridges

Patient looking at her dental bridge results | dental bridges los gatosOne option to replace missing or extracted teeth is a cemented dental bridge. This is a viable solution when your adjacent teeth are healthy enough to support a false tooth that fills the gap. Dr. Lin prefers a porcelain fused to a metal bridge to provide strength, so the bridge does not break. As a result, your bridge looks virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

This type of bridge is secured in place with cement, so proper cleaning and maintenance under the bridge are needed. However, dental implants have gained popularity, becoming the gold standard and option of choice when replacing a missing tooth. This is especially true if the neighboring teeth have had minimal dental treatment.

Call Us to Learn More About Dental Crowns and Bridges

If you need tooth repairs, the team at James Lin, DMD, may offer numerous options, explaining each one to help you select what best meets your needs, lifestyle, and budget. The final decision is always yours, and we are always happy to provide you with as much information as you require.

Contact our dental office today to learn more about how dental crowns and bridges might be the right choice for you.