Crowns and Bridges

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Covina, CA

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Crowns and Bridges

Dental crowns and bridges are among the most popular restorations available from Sooyeol Sohn, DDS, of Triple S Dental. These treatments have helped restore the smiles of many people from in and around Covina, California. If you’d like more information about what crowns and bridges can do for you, call the office to set up a visit or book online today. 

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns, also called caps, are a type of dental restoration that completely covers all visible surfaces of a tooth. Crowns can treat various issues and are among the most versatile restorations available. 

Some of the reasons you might choose to have a dental crown installed include:

  • To protect a worn-down tooth
  • To provide structural support to a fractured or cracked tooth
  • To improve severe discoloration
  • To address irregularities in the shape or size of a tooth
  • As the final step in a root canal

Dental crowns are also the anchoring structure for a dental bridge. The visible portion of dental implants is often referred to as a crown, although in this instance, the crown is attached to the post of the implant and not your natural tooth tissue. 

What is the process for getting a dental crown?

Your dentist will gather advanced imaging to learn more about your tooth and bone tissue structure before deciding if a dental crown is the right treatment option. You may need to have a filling placed or other work done on the tooth in preparation for a new crown. 

On the day of your procedure, you’ll receive numbing medication to eliminate sensation in the treatment area. Your dentist begins by removing a portion of your tooth tissue to make room for the new crown. A member of our team will make a set of impressions to guide the fabrication of the crown. 

We’ll also place a temporary crown to protect your tooth until the permanent version arrives from the dental lab. At that point you’ll return to have your new crown checked for fit and appearance before we cement it into place. 

A degree of soreness is normal in the days following your visit. Your tooth will heal quickly, and over-the-counter pain medication is all you’ll need to address any lingering discomfort.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. A bridge consists of one or more false teeth secured in place by a dental crown on either side. 

Bridges are a good option for people who want a durable and attractive restoration that is less costly than a dental implant. They’re also a good option for those who lack sufficient bone tissue to anchor an implant. 

The process of getting a dental bridge is the same as with a dental crown. Dr. Sohn may place a temporary bridge to protect your teeth while the team crafts your new restoration.

Once installed, bridgework cannot be removed. You’ll simply brush and floss your teeth normally, and your practitioner will check your bridge during your routine dental exams. 

If you’d like more information about crowns and bridges, call Triple S Dental today to book a visit. Online scheduling is also an option, and it’s fast and easy.