When patients at Alta Loma Dental Care need new crowns, they don’t need to make a second appointment. Our CEREC machine allows us to mill prosthetic teeth in-house, often in under an hour. This is particularly useful for people who need multiple crowns replaced in the form of bridges.
A bridge is a dental prosthetic which replaces several teeth in a row. Traditionally, they were made by reshaping two natural teeth and placing new crowns over them, with a third crown suspended in between. This method worked best when the teeth being reshaped were badly decayed and needed to be replaced, anyway. It had the advantage of allowing patients to retain their natural tooth roots, which are more durable, but required a lot of preparation. The link between the crowns also helped prevent the teeth from migrating.
Newer dental bridges can be made with more customization for a patient’s needs. Partial dentures can be designed around healthy teeth, and fixed bridges can be supported by multiple implants. Because we can fabricate bridges at our office, patients need not wear artificial crowns after having their natural teeth reshaped, sparing them time and allowing them to go home with a smile they can be proud of.