Crowns and Bridges
Damaging a tooth can be a traumatic experience, especially if it causes pain. We welcome you to call our San Jose dental office if you experience a dental emergency so we can get you the help you need quickly.
Why Do I Need a Dental Crown?
The enamel covering your teeth is the hardest substance in your body and protects your teeth from the normal force of chewing. Occasionally, teeth sustain damage from biting into something unexpected, from deep decay, or from a clenching and grinding habit, known as bruxism.
When your tooth structure is compromised, it is at risk for pain, infection, and even tooth loss.
Custom Dental Crowns
Victor D. Woodlief, DMD, strives to save your natural teeth whenever possible and may recommend a dental crown to protect and strengthen your tooth.
A crown, or cap, is a restoration that completely covers your tooth structure above the gumline. It protects the dentin and nerve inside the tooth and absorbs much of the force when chewing, providing improved function and comfort.
Dental crowns come in metal, porcelain, or a blend of metal and porcelain. Many patients prefer all-porcelain crowns because of their natural and highly esthetic appearance. Dr. Woodlief will discuss the type of crown that will give you the best results based on your bite, your oral health, and your goals for your smile.
Dental Crown Treatment
Dr. Woodlief is gentle and will always make sure your tooth is completely numb before getting started. He will remove any damaged tooth structure and prepare your tooth for your new dental crown.
Precision is essential when designing dental restorations because proper fit is necessary for comfort and function. We use accurate digital impressions to ensure a perfect fit.
Dr. Woodlief will place a temporary crown on your tooth to protect it while our dental lab fabricates your permanent restoration. When we receive your new crown, Dr. Woodlief will place it over your tooth, creating a permanent seal.
He will check your bite and make any final adjustments so that your teeth come together comfortably.
Dental Bridges to Replace Missing Teeth
In spite of our best efforts, sometimes the best way to protect your oral health is to remove a severely damaged, decayed, or infected tooth. We offer a number of treatment options to restore your smile, including dental bridges.
A dental bridge consists of two crowns that anchor an artificial tooth in place, filling the gap in your smile. A bridge protects the integrity of your bite by keeping your remaining teeth from shifting.
We create highly esthetic dental bridges so that your smile looks seamless.
Caring for a Crown or Bridge
Dental restorations are strong but not indestructible. Avoid biting into anything extremely hard or sticky that might cause damage. Maintain good oral health habits by brushing, flossing, and scheduling regular dental exams and professional cleanings.
Contact Us to Schedule Your Next Dental Appointment
Call our San Jose dental office to schedule your next dental appointment. We look forward to helping you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile!