Crowns and bridges: Smile restoration options in La Habra
At Summit Dental in La Habra, CA, function and aesthetics are important in every dental procedure. Dr. Mario Castellanos, Jr. and Dr. Josue Robles offer a range of restoration options to fit individual budgets and needs. Dental crowns and bridges are among these services.
All about dental crowns
A crown is a tooth-shaped cap made of strong material.
- Gold – A biocompatible noble metal. This is a good choice for molar restorations subjected to a great deal of bite force.
- Stainless steel – These economical crowns are sometimes used on children’s baby teeth.
- Porcelain – The most aesthetic option, a porcelain crown blends beautifully with natural teeth. This type may be made of solid ceramic, or porcelain fused to a metal core.
The crown is cemented over a prepared tooth to strengthen it and prevent damage. A crown may be appropriate for a large area of decay or breakage, when remaining tooth structure isn’t sufficient to support a filling. A crown finishes a dental implant restoration to replace a missing tooth, or fortifies a tooth that has had root canal therapy. A crown may also be used to improve the appearance of a healthy tooth with deep discoloration, wear, or an unusual shape or size.
A bridge holds up to three artificial teeth between two crowns, affixed to teeth adjacent to the gap. Dental implants have become the “gold standard” for long-term tooth replacement. However, dental bridges remain a sound solution for patients who do not want implants or are not good candidates.
In some cases, the procedures can be combined. Implants anchor a bridge, restoring up to five consecutive teeth with just two dental implants and no impact on neighboring teeth.
A complete smile is attractive and healthy. Talk to one of our dentists to learn more about crowns, bridges, dental implants, and other restorative dentistry options available at Summit Dental. The number in La Habra is (562) 694-3984.