John E Taylor, DDS
General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Ladera Ranch, CA
A beautiful smile is one that’s healthy, strong, and functional. If you’re embarrassed of decayed or missing teeth, John E. Taylor, DDS, can restore your smile at his office in Ladera Ranch, California. Dr. Taylor and his team use custom-made crowns and bridges to correct imperfections in your smile and restore the natural beauty of your teeth. To learn more about crowns and bridges, call John E. Taylor, DDS, or schedule an appointment online today.
Crowns and Bridges Q&A
What are crowns and bridges?
Crowns and bridges are dental prosthetics that restore the look and function of decayed or damaged teeth. While a crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits directly over a tooth to restore its shape, color, and size, a bridge replaces one or more missing teeth.
What can crowns and bridges fix?
Dental crowns can rehabilitate and strengthen damaged teeth. Dr. Taylor and his team may recommend crowns if you have:
- Severe tooth discoloration
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Missing teeth
- Teeth worn from grinding
- Misshapen teeth
- Decayed teeth
A crown covers your entire tooth above the gumline to restore its appearance and protect it from further damage. Dr. Taylor offers natural-looking crown material options at his office, including porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, porcelain with zirconia, and gold.
If you have a missing tooth, Dr. Taylor may recommend a dental bridge. A bridge is an appliance that replaces a missing tooth by using your surrounding teeth for support.
What is the process like for crowns and bridges?
Dr. Taylor and his team use state-of-the-art digital X-rays and intraoral cameras to ensure your crown and bridge placements are as accurate and comfortable as possible. For both crowns and bridges, Dr. Taylor prepares your teeth for their new restorations.
To fit a crown, he files and reshapes your damaged tooth to make room for the restoration. Once he reshapes your tooth, he takes impressions of it to serve as a model for your new crown.
If you opt for a bridge, Dr. Taylor files and reshapes the two teeth surrounding your missing tooth to prepare them for crowns. He then takes impressions of your teeth to create models for your two crowns and artificial tooth.
Crowns and bridges can take 2-3 weeks to create, during which time you’ll wear temporary restorations to protect your teeth.
When you return for your next visit, Dr. Taylor checks the fit of your crowns and bridges before making any necessary alterations. Finally, he cements the restorations in place for the most comfortable, natural-looking fit.
In just 2-3 visits, you can have a beautiful, fully functional smile that you’ll love to show off. If you think crowns and bridges are right for you, call John E. Taylor, DDS, or schedule an appointment online today.