Restore Damaged or Missing Teeth
Crowns & Bridges in Del Mar
If you have one or more missing or damaged teeth in Del Mar, Dr. Todd Pizzi is here to help. At Del Mar Dental Studio, we specialize in restorative dental care. We can restore both missing and damaged teeth using high-quality, lab-made crowns and bridges. Learn more below, or contact us now to schedule your consultation with Dr. Pizzi.
Understanding the basics
Dental Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns are used to repair damaged teeth. Most commonly, they are made out of porcelain. A crown is built to look and feel just like your tooth, and is bonded in place after your natural tooth has been trimmed, covering it up all the way down to the gumline. This restores your smile, and prevents further damage to your tooth.
Bridges use two dental crowns that attach to two healthy “abutment” teeth next to one or more missing teeth. Between these crowns, one or more false teeth can be suspended to fill up the gaps where your missing teeth used to be. This restores your smile, and prevents common complications related to tooth loss, such as teeth shifting toward empty sockets.
What to expect
The Dental Crown Process
It takes two appointments over a period of several weeks to get a dental crown. First, you’ll come into Del Mar Dental Studio to have your tooth prepared for a crown. Dr. Pizzi will clean and numb your mouth, then trim away any decayed or damaged tooth material from your tooth. It will be trimmed into a stable platform to which the crown can be attached.
Then, you’ll have impressions taken of your tooth using dental putty and trays. These will be sent to our partner dental lab, where your crown will be made. You will be sent home with a temporary resin crown.
In 2-3 weeks, you’ll come back to our office for a follow-up. Dr. Pizzi will check the fit of your permanent crown, and make minor adjustments, if necessary. Then, your new crown will be attached to your tooth using powerful dental cement.
The process of getting a dental bridge is very similar. At your first appointment, the abutment teeth will be trimmed, and Dr. Pizzi will take impressions, send them to a dental lab, and place temporary crowns or a temporary bridge to protect your teeth. In a few weeks, you’ll come back to have your permanent bridge attached to your teeth, and your smile will be restored.