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Crowns And Bridges

Grace Dental Group

General Dentistry & Family Dentistry located in Fillmore District, San Francisco, CA

Crowns and bridges help you maintain your natural bite and beautiful smile, while preserving your tooth and gum health. If you have a damaged tooth or are missing a tooth, contact Woo Young Lee, DDS, or Sean Kim, DDS, at Grace Dental Group in San Francisco, California. The expert dentists provide beautiful, natural-looking crowns and bridges in this state-of-the-art Fillmore District dental clinic. Click on the online scheduler or call to schedule your dental examination by phone.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What is the difference between crowns and bridges?

Both crowns and bridges can help preserve your teeth, but they work in different manners. Below are short descriptions of how crowns and bridges each work.

Crowns

Dental crowns are caps that cover the entire exposed area of your tooth. Crowns support your tooth’s structure, improve tooth strength, and enhance tooth appearance. 

Bridges

Dental bridges provide reliable, natural-looking permanent restoration for missing teeth. A bridge is a false tooth (pontic) that bridges the gap caused by a missing tooth (or teeth). 

Unlike a removable partial denture, bridges are connected to adjacent teeth that are covered with crowns and bonded into place. Bridges are the most common type of restoration for an area missing one or two teeth. 

Why are crowns and bridges important?

Crown and bridge restorations are important to correct your bite, improve your smile, and boost your confidence. Your dedicated dentist at Grace Dental Group may recommend a crown to:

  • Cover a dental implant
  • Hold your tooth together if it’s broken or damaged
  • Protect your tooth after a root canal or large cavity

Getting a dental bridge is important to:

  • Minimize tooth shifting
  • Improve biting and chewing functions
  • Fill out your face if you have sunken cheeks from missing teeth

Modern crowns and bridges look and feel just like your natural teeth. They blend in so perfectly, no one can tell which tooth isn’t real. 

How long does it take to make a crown or bridge?

Getting a crown or bridge at Grace Dental Group usually requires a series of appointments after your initial consultation. During your next visit, your dentist preps your tooth (or teeth) by reshaping it, in addition to making impressions for the dental lab.

After this visit, it takes up to 2-3 weeks for the dental lab to fabricate your new prosthetic. You just need to come in one more time for a short appointment to ensure your crown or bridge fits properly and to bond it into place. Your dentist can adjust your crown or bridge as needed to ensure it fits comfortably. 

If you need a crown or a bridge, contact Grace Dental Group for an evaluation today. You can conveniently schedule an appointment online or over the phone with a team member.