Crowns And Bridges Specialist

Juan Sebastian Moran, DDS

Dentist located in Torrance, CA

Crowns and bridges are among the most popular and widely-used dental restorations, protecting teeth and replacing teeth lost to decay or trauma. Dr. Sebastian Moran has extensive experience in crown and bridge placement, helping patients at Moran Dental in Torrance, CA, get the most appropriate treatment for optimal oral health.

Crowns & Bridges Q & A

What is a dental crown?

A crown is a protective covering for a tooth that surrounds the entire visible portion of a tooth, correcting cosmetic defects and providing additional strength and support for the tooth. Crowns can be used to hide large, dark fillings, cracks, chips and similar defects, and they’re also used to protect teeth that support a dental crown and to teeth that have been treated with root canal procedures.

How are crowns applied?

Crown application typically requires two office visits. During the first visit, a small amount of surface material is removed from the tooth to make room for the crown. Then, an impression is made and sent to the lab where the crown will be made from state-of-the-art materials designed and tinted to look just like a natural tooth. A temporary crown will be applied to the tooth to protect it while the permanent crown is being made. During the second office visit, the temporary crown will be removed and the permanent crown will be placed on the tooth using a strong bonding agent, then shaped so it fits comfortably.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a device that’s used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges use a metal framework to support the prosthetic teeth or crowns, which are shaped and tinted to blend with natural teeth. Bridges are supported by the teeth on either side of the gap left by the missing teeth. These supporting teeth are protected by crowns.

How is a dental bridge applied?

Like crowns, bridges usually require two office visits. At the first visit, the supporting teeth and prepared for crowns and an impression is made of those teeth and the gap between them, then sent to a lab where the crowns and bridge will be made. At the second visit, the crowns are applied to the supporting teeth and then the bridge is attached either with clips (a removable bridge) or with an adhesive (a permanent bridge). The bridge and crowns are then shaped and adjusted so they fit comfortably.