Crowns & Bridges
Dental Crowns and Bridges
There are many instances where you might need a dental crown or bridge. Whether you received a root canal, tooth extraction, or you’re just trying to fill the gap between teeth, a bridge or crown is a fantastic treatment option. For bridges, crowns, fillings, and more in the La Mesa, CA area, be sure to contact Cardinal Dental Group today! Our dentist, Dr. Paul Michels, graduated from the University of Southern California School Of Dentistry in 2009, and he holds over a decade of professional dentistry experience.
What is a Crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is shaped to cover a tooth. Crowns are usually designed to look identical to the surrounding teeth, and they are used to restore a tooth back to health. Crowns are cemented into place and are essentially unnoticed inside your mouth. A dental crown might be used for:
- Protecting a weak tooth from breaking
- Covering a tooth with a large filling
- Covering a dental implant
- Holding a dental bridge
- Covering oddly-shaped teeth
Dental crowns help to restore your natural teeth and improve your overall oral health. However, when choosing a dental crown, you should consider the following options:
- Full Metal Crown
- Full Gold Crown
- Zirconia Crown
- Ceramic Crown
- Porcelain Fused to Metal Crown
There are advantages and disadvantages to these crown options. We recommend talking to your dentist about which type of crown to receive.
What is a Bridge?
A bridge is used to fill in a gap between teeth. Bridges are usually filled with composite material and they stay in place by attaching to adjacent teeth or dental implants. These bridges are designed with two crowns on either side of the bridge. These bridges are tinted tooth-colored and look very similar to natural teeth. Bridges are used by millions of people and they have many great benefits, including:
- Restoring your ability to chew
- Can restore the ability to speak clearly
- They keep other teeth in proper positions
- They help to create a more natural bite
- The restoration of your smile
- They help aid with the shape of your face