Crowns & Bridges
Crowns are a type of dental restoration which, when cemented into place, fully cover the portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
Understanding the needs of the general population, we keep our fees for crowns affordable.
When would I need a crown?
What is a crown ? When I need it ?
- Extensive tooth decay
- Large metal or tooth-colored fillings that weaken the remaining tooth
- Broken or cracked teeth
- A tooth that has had root canal therapy
- A misaligned or misshaped tooth
- Teeth that have large fillings that are breaking down and cannot be refilled
Sometimes a crown is not the optimum solution and other dental procedures such as porcelain veneers or dental bonding are more appropriate.
Crowns can be made out of porcelain, metal (a gold or other metal alloy), or a combination of both.
- Traditional porcelain crowns are made with porcelain covering a metal shell. The metal provides strength and support for the porcelain which gives it a natural appearance.
- All-porcelain, also called "all-ceramic" crowns, use a ceramic shell instead of a metal shell to support the porcelain.With advances in technology,in our office we are using the latest and the best materials in the market used in manufacture of ceramic restorations such as Zirconia, e.max , Bruxzir , Lava, etc. these "all-porcelain" crowns can be used in a variety of situations.
What is a dental bridge ?
A bridge may be an option to replace a missing tooth or several teeth. It uses one or more teeth on either side of the bridge as an anchor. The existing teeth are reshaped to have crowns placed over them and one or more false teeth are cemented between the two crowns. The whole bridge piece is then cemented into place.
Unlike a partial denture, you can't remove a bridge to clean it, but there are special cleaning aids available to keep the area around and under the bridge clean.
Our dentists have years of experience in restorative dentistry - the repairing of mouth and teeth so that it is restored to its full health and function.
An essential part of restorative dentistry is the use of bridges to fill gaps. California smile's dentists have the great experience in designing and placing bridges that fit exactly. They use crowns for the bridges that are made from durable porcelain and are aesthetically matched to your other teeth.
There are other options that can be employed instead of bridges, such as dental implants. We will examine your mouth and discuss with you the merits of each option and which would work best for your teeth's condition and your budget.
Why a Bridge?
A typical bridge consists of a pontic (a filler tooth) that is attached to two surrounding abutments (crowns). Once complete, this bridge structure is bonded into the mouth.