Your teeth are designed to last for a lifetime if you care for them at home and visit your dentist regularly. Unfortunately, even with the best proactive approach, your smile can suffer significant damage. Whether from decay, disease, or trauma, Dr. Michael A. Piccione can rebuild a beautiful, functional smile with a crown or dental bridge in Sunnyvale.
A crown is a thin, tooth-shaped cap placed over the entire visible surface of a tooth. It restores the original shape and size of even the most compromised tooth. A crown also protects and strengthens its structure when damage is too severe that it can’t be mended with a simple filling.
Crowns are highly customizable and made from a variety of materials, but porcelain is the most popular because it looks, feels, and functions just like your natural enamel. Porcelain crowns are highly durable and can last for an average of 10 years with proper care.
Crowns are one of the most diverse restorative treatments because they can be used for several purposes. Since they are now made from all-ceramic material, they also offer cosmetic benefits; however, Dr. Piccione only recommends them when there aren’t any other treatments because you must permanently alter your tooth. He may suggest a dental crown if:
You can expect to need 2 visits to our office for your crown. During the first, we’ll take a series of impressions to ensure your crown matches the specific dimensions of your teeth. We’ll use the same molds to create a temporary crown, which you’ll wear until your new one is ready to be placed. Generally, this takes about two weeks after the initial appointment.
Dr. Piccione administers anesthesia or sedation to ensure you’re relaxed before he removes any decay and reshapes the tooth to make room for the crown. Next, he’ll place a short-term crown with temporary cement.
When you come in for your second appointment, Dr. Piccione removes your temporary crown and cleans your tooth. He’ll carefully place your permanent crown and check its fit and your bite to send you on your way with your newly restored tooth!
Every tooth in your mouth is invaluable to your oral health and functions. Not to mention, a complete smile is crucial to your self-esteem. If you’ve lost 1 to 3 teeth in a row, a fixed bridge can help.
Also known as a bridge and crown, it’s a non-removable appliance that’s usually made of porcelain fused-to-metal. It has two crowns that fit securely over the two teeth surrounding the gap in your smile. Then, artificial teeth are designed to fill the space in between.
This is a highly effective method for tooth replacement that can last for many years with the proper care and maintenance.
Every missing tooth creates new challenges in your daily life. You lose your self-esteem and your ability to chew many foods. This can lead to nutritional deficiencies that can harm your health. Not to mention, your remaining teeth will lose the support they need to stay in place.
Over time, they shift toward the open space, creating alignment concerns that increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Eventually, your teeth may even loosen and fall out. A bridge can help to preserve your smile by providing your adjacent teeth with support to prevent dental drift. You will also regain your ability to maintain a balanced diet and revamp your confidence.
The process for a dental bridge is usually carried out over two visits to our office. Dr. Piccione prepares the abutment teeth for the crowns and takes impressions to have your bridge and crowns carefully crafted in a dental lab. He places temporaries and will have you return to our office about two weeks later for the placement of your permanent bridge.
Fixed dental bridges restore the proper form and function of your smile, renewing your oral health and beauty. You can choose dental implants to secure your bridge for a more permanent solution.
We’ll send you home with precise instructions to care for your new crown or bridge. In general, maintain excellent dental hygiene and continue to visit our office for checkups and cleanings. During these visits, we’ll check your crown or bridge to ensure its functioning just like it should.
If you are ready to rebuild your smile with a bridge or dental crown in Sunnyvale, contact our office today.