A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that fits snugly over the tooth, completely covering it. You might need a dental crown to restore the look and strength of a cracked tooth when a filling just will not do. Dental crowns look, feel, and function like your natural teeth allowing proper chewing function. Dental crowns mimic the shape, color, strength and appearance of a tooth. Dr. Danielle Wehle can provide you with a dental crown in Santa Clara, CA.
To place a dental crown, Dr. Wehle will ensure you are properly numbed for the procedure to provide you with the most comfortable experience possible. The cracked tooth is adjusted and reshaped to receive the new covering that will fit snuggly and securely over your tooth. An impression is taken of your tooth and sent off to a lab where the new dental crown will be made. A temporary dental crown is placed and two to three weeks later the new permanent crown will be cemented in place. The natural looking covering will look, feel, and function like a real tooth.
A dental bridge is an easy and affordable way for you to replace a missing tooth. It is a very common and safe procedure allowing patients to restore their smile’s esthetic while also retaining their bite’s chewing function. Our general dentist in Santa Clara, CA, Dr. Wehle, can replace your missing tooth by utilizing a dental bridge.
If you have a gap in your smile it is important that you replace the missing tooth. Not only can gaps in your smile be unsightly but the surrounding teeth can start to drift out of place and even break under the pressure of a misaligned bite. Your cheeks and lips can also appear to be sunken, adding years to your appearance. A dental bridge is designed to create a “bridge” over the area of a missing tooth and is most commonly comprised of three dental crowns affixed to one another. Dr. Wehle will make sure you are numb for the procedure. The two teeth on either side of the missing tooth are prepared and reshaped to receive dental crowns. An impression of the area is made and sent off to a lab where the final bridge will be fabricated. A temporary dental bridge is made while you wait for the permanent one. Once the final bridge is received it is cemented into place and your bite is adjusted to make sure your teeth are coming together as they should. Dr. Wehle will inform you on how to take care of and clean around your dental bridge to ensure a long-lasting natural-looking restoration.