Crowns & Bridges
Dr. Nikki Ancona has the experience and credentials you should look for when considering a Dentist for Crowns & Bridges.
Dedicated to life-long learning, Dr. Nikki Ancona has averaged 70 continuing education credit hours (per licensing period) throughout her career; the minimum requirements for the state of California are 50 continuing education credit hours per licensing period!
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Dr. Nikki Ancona, with a high-tech dental office located in Montclair, is an experienced crowns & bridges dentist.
A dental crown acts as a “cap” used to address the damaged portion of a tooth to give it extra strength. Dental crowns are a durable, long-lasting solution used to repair and support a damaged tooth. Dental crowns can be secured using a dental implant to create a durable solution for patients who are missing teeth.
Dental crowns are permanently bonded into place for an effective cosmetic and restorative solution used to address:
Dr. Nikki Ancona is a highly trained restorative and cosmetic dentist who offers custom designed crown in our Montclair Plaza dental office. Dental crowns are made from a high-quality ceramic or porcelain material that can be color matched and designed to blend seamlessly with your natural smile.
Same Day Dental Crowns
Montclair Plaza Dental Group uses advanced technology to design, fabricate and place quality ceramic and porcelain dental crowns during a single visit. Using E4-D digital technology we can create a beautiful, custom crown to restore a damaged tooth or replace a broken crown.
Getting a dental crown is easy
Receiving dental crowns will typically require two visits to our Montclair Plaza dental office. A local anesthetic is applied to numb the affected area. We also offer sedation dentistry for patients with dental fear and anxiety to promote a more comfortable experience.
Your Montclair dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay from the tooth. A small amount of surface structure will also be removed from the tooth. Dental impressions are taken and sent to a skilled local ceramist for fabrication. The dental crown is shaped, modeled, sized, and color matched to blend naturally with your existing smile.
Once fabricated, the dental crown is examined for fit and comfort. The dental crown is then permanently bonded into place.
If your new crown is being placed using CAD/CAM technology, we will use digital impressions to design, mill and place your new dental crown during your visit. Your dentist will discuss your treatment options based on your needs and goals.
Video 01:00 | A beautiful smile is something everyone wants. If you have a tooth that is not the same size or shape as your other teeth and that needs support, your dentist may recommend a crown. Crowns are used to help make a tooth stronger, and improve a tooth’s appearance. They are available in a variety of materials that can blend with the shade and shape of your natural teeth. Hear more about how crowns can be used to improve the appearance of your teeth and maintain your beautiful smile.
Dental Implant Supported Crowns
For patients who are missing a single tooth, an implant supported dental crown is the most natural and durable solution. A dental implant is a small metal post that resembles a screw and is surgically implanted into the jaw at the location of the missing tooth. This post will actually replace the missing tooth root. This tooth replacement option is the only solution that will reduce the chance of bone loss.
After the surgical implantation, you will need about three to six months to heal and allow the post to fully integrate with the surrounding bone, a process knowns as osseointegration.
Next, a small piece called an abutment will be attached to the full integrated implant. Impressions will be taken and your custom dental crown will be fabricated. When your crown is ready, it will be attached to the abutment for a permanent restoration.
If you suffer from missing teeth, it is important to replace them as soon as possible. Gaps between teeth can leave the gums open to infection and bacteria and over time the bone can deteriorate and affect the surrounding teeth. Our Montclair, CA dentist office offer many options to replace your missing teeth including dental bridges.
A dental bridge is a custom-made dental restoration used to replace one missing tooth or several consecutive missing teeth. A dental bridge can be secured using existing teeth or dental implants for a more stable solution. Due to advancements in dentistry, a dental bridge can be designed to fit comfortably and securely in the mouth.
Dr. Nikki Ancona offers custom designed dental bridges in our Montclair Plaza dental office. For a more secure solution, Dr. Ancona can coordinate all aspects of dental implant secured dental bridges in-house. A dental bridge is designed using high-quality material and state of the art technology.
The Process of Getting a Dental Bridge
If you are missing one or more teeth, Dr. Ancona will perform an extensive oral health exam and analysis to determine the right restorative dentistry treatment to restore your smile. Dr. Ancona will consult with you one on one to discuss all of your treatment options. Together, you and your Montclair Plaza dentist will make an informed decision about your tooth replacement solution.
Placing a dental bridge will depend on whether or not your dental bridge will be supported by adjacent teeth or dental implants.
If dental implants are used to secure your dental bridge, the first step is to attach the dental implants into the jaw surgically. An implant is a titanium post that will act as the tooth root providing a strong foundation for the bridge. Typically the healing process will take 3-6 months. When the healing process is complete, your custom designed dental bridge will be fit and placed.
For traditional dental bridges, the dental bridge is supported using adjacent teeth. A pontic replaces the missing tooth and crowns are placed on the anchor teeth for extra support.
Video 01:00 | Your teeth can help you chew, speak and smile. If you’re missing one or more teeth you may find these simple actions difficult. Fortunately, missing teeth can be replaced by using a bridge. Bridges can be either fixed or removable. Learn more about the two types of bridges that you can use to replace your missing teeth and have a beautiful smile.
Implant Secured Dental Bridge
Traditional dental bridges are a cost-effective solution for patients who are missing teeth. Dental bridges are designed to blend seamlessly with your natural smile. A traditional dental bridge is supported by two adjacent teeth that serve as anchors (support system) for the dental bridge, requiring existing teeth to be compromised for the placement of dental crowns and the securing of the bridge.
Graphic illustration of 3 false teeth dental bridge supported by implants.
A dental implant secured dental bridge is supported by strategically placed dental implants. Dental implant secured dental bridges do not compromise the health of the existing teeth, prevent bone loss and gum recession and support the natural alignment of the bite. You will be able to eat, drink and speak comfortably without special restrictions or risk of slippage.
While the cost of a traditional dental bridge may be more affordable in the short term than an implant-supported bridge, implants typically provide a better long term solution and are less likely to need repair or replacement in the future. Those repairs and replacements may actually add up over time and may cost more than a dental implant. Even though implants are more expensive up front, the benefits far out-weigh the costs.