Crowns & Bridges: How They Work

Dental BridgeA missing tooth is more than just a hindrance to normal chewing, and more than a cosmetic bother. It’s a threat to the entire architecture of your mouth.

The mouth is dynamic. Where there is a missing tooth, neighboring teeth drift, gum disease may crop up, even the unprotected bone ridge is susceptible to damage.

So replacing a missing tooth with a bridge, or repairing a broken down tooth with a crown, is important for your dental health.

CEREC CAD/CAM MillingHow They Work

A crown (or “cap”) is a restoration placed over a tooth that cannot sustain a conventional filling. By covering the biting surfaces and sides of the tooth, a crown strengthens the damaged tooth by binding together the remaining structures.

At our practice we use CEREC, a computer aided technology that allows us to create dental crowns, bridges, and other all-porcelain restorations is a single appointment. A digital scan of your mouth is taken and sent to the CEREC milling unit, where the restoration is carved from a block of porcelain ceramic, right in our office—no need for outside dental laboratories!

When finished, your new crown will look and feel natural—and make your mouth whole again!

About Dr. Sean Moran

Dr. Moran is a San Francisco native. He received his undergraduate degree at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He also received his DDS degree from Creighton University School of Dentistry in 1988 at which time he began practicing general dentistry in San Francisco.

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