The goals of dental crowns and bridges

Dental crowns and bridges are restorations commonly used at Sycamore Family Dentistry by Dr. Lori Ross Tijerino to help patients in and around the Livermore, California area enhance and repair their smiles. Dental crowns are best for adding a layer of protection over a weakened tooth, while dental bridges can replace missing teeth. Let’s take a closer look at these two restorations to learn more about their uses.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is also commonly called a “dental cap” for teeth and is custom-made to fit over the prepared tooth. It can be made from various dental materials such as porcelain, metal, or even a combination of both. A dental crown is best used to cover and protect a damaged tooth, restore its shape and size, and improve its overall appearance.

What is the goal of a dental crown?

Our team at Sycamore Family Dentistry describes the goal of a dental crown as a way to restore a damaged or weakened tooth to its natural function and appearance. This is achieved by covering the entire surface of the affected tooth with the crown, providing it with strength, protection, and an aesthetic appearance.

What is a dental bridge?

A fixed dental bridge is described as a tooth replacement option for our patients. The dental bridge replaces one or several teeth in a row using a combination of dental crowns. The adjacent teeth on either side of the gap are used as anchors for the bridge, which is cemented in place to restore the missing teeth and provide a functional and natural-looking smile.

What is the goal of a dental bridge?

A dental bridge aims to restore the function and appearance of missing teeth by bridging the gap left behind between remaining natural teeth. This not only helps improve chewing and speaking abilities but also prevents other oral health issues that can arise from missing teeth, such as the shifting of surrounding teeth, difficulty in maintaining proper oral hygiene, and potential bone loss in the jaw.

How do I learn more about quality dental crowns and bridges?

If you want to talk to Dr. Lori Ross Tijerino about the benefits of these restorations, she encourages you to call (925) 940-7770 to request an appointment.

The office is located at 2620 First Street and serves those in Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Pittsburg, Tracy, Danville, Sunol, Blackhawk, Mountain House, and Livermore, California.