If you have missing or damaged teeth, a dental crown (single tooth) or bridge (multiple teeth) can help restore the function and aesthetics of your smile. Even for patients who are diligent about their home care, it is not uncommon to need a tooth repaired or replaced at some point. If problems should arise with your smile, you can rest assured that Dr. Baljit Dhillon and Dr. Sumeet Sandhu will restore your teeth with only the finest dental materials so you will have strength and durability you can trust, and the aesthetics you want. Our team has extensive experience with restorative dental treatments and can easily provide you with a beautiful dental crown that looks and feels completely natural.
If you have a tooth that needs repair or replacement, it’s a good idea to consider treatment as soon as possible to avoid further damage to your smile. Contact Orinda Family Dentistry today for more information and to schedule your dental appointment.
A dental crown is a false tooth made of ceramic porcelain that is designed to cap and cover your entire remaining tooth structure and protect it from further damage. These prostheses may be necessary if you have a severe cavity that is too large to treat with a composite filling. If a cavity is too large, attempting to fill it may compromise the tooth structure and simply cause more damage. After root canal therapy, a dental crown is necessary to protect and cover your tooth. A dental crown is also necessary to complete the implant process.
Typically, a dental crown is recommended when a tooth has become seriously damaged due to tooth decay or an oral injury, but they can also be used for cosmetic purposes. For example, if you have a tooth that is healthy but small or misshapen, a dental crown can be used to create a seamless, beautiful smile.
When Dr. Baljit Dhillon and Dr. Sumeet Sandhu recommend a tooth crown, it is typically for these reasons:
We design a crown to cover your entire tooth structure, fitting over your remaining tooth like a “cap.” Usually, we make it out of ceramic porcelain, which is customized to match your teeth and blend flawlessly with your smile. However, sometimes, gold is recommended for durability for molars at the back of your mouth that take the brunt of your biting force, and you won’t see when you smile.
A dental bridge can be a solution for replacing one or multiple missing teeth that are adjacent. Using a crown on each end as an anchor, an artificial tooth or teeth are placed in between to fill in the gap. A bridge is fixed, which means that we permanently place it, and it is not removable.
At Orinda Family Dentistry, we typically use porcelain to create dental bridges that are seamless and complement your smile.
Whether you need a tooth crown or dental bridge to restore your smile, the process to complete your restoration is nearly the same. It will require two visits with Dr. Baljit Dhillon or Dr. Sumeet Sandhu and a couple of weeks to complete.
During your first appointment, Dr. Baljit Dhillon or Dr. Sumeet Sandhu gets your tooth ready for your new restoration, takes impressions of your teeth for the dental lab, and creates a temporary restoration for you to wear until we complete your final one.
A trusted dental lab will handcraft your restoration, which typically takes one to two weeks. When it’s ready, you’ll return to our dental office to have it permanently placed and adjusted to fit your bite correctly. Now you can enjoy all the benefits of eating and smile with your newly restored teeth!
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap or cover that is placed over a damaged or decayed tooth. It’s used to restore the shape, size, strength, and appearance of the tooth. Crowns can be made from different materials such as porcelain, metal, or a combination of both. They are custom-made to fit your tooth and are cemented in place by Dr. Sandhu or Dr. Dhillon. Dental crowns can also be used to cover a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment, to protect a weak tooth from further damage, or to attach a dental bridge.
There are several different types of dental crowns available, each with its own advantages. The most common types of dental crowns are:
At Orinda Family Dentistry, Dr. Sandhu and Dr. Dhillon will consider several factors, such as the location of the tooth, the amount of tooth structure remaining, and your personal preferences, when recommending a type of dental crown for you.
The cost of a dental crown can vary depending on the type of crown and the location of the tooth. Generally, the cost of a dental crown will range from under $1,000 to upwards of $2,000 per tooth.
Porcelain crowns and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are more expensive than metal crowns because of their superior aesthetics. Zirconia crowns and E-max crowns are also more expensive because of the high-quality materials used in their construction.
Keep in mind that dental insurance may cover some or all of the cost of a dental crown, depending on the terms of your policy. It’s best to check with your insurance provider to see what your coverage is for dental crowns.
Additionally, at Orinda Family Dentistry we offer financing options which spread out your payments and help fit dental crowns into your budget.
Whether a dental crown is right for you depends on the condition of your teeth and the specific dental issue that you have. Here are some situations in which a dental crown may be recommended:
Dr. Sandhu and Dr. Dhillon will be able to evaluate your teeth and recommend the best treatment plan for your individual needs. We will also answer any questions you may have about the dental crown procedure and help you determine if it’s the right choice for you.
A dental bridge is a dental restoration that is used to replace one or more missing teeth. It consists of one or more artificial teeth, called pontics, that are anchored in place by dental crowns or dental implants on either side of the gap left by the missing teeth.
At Orinda Family Dentistry, we custom-make your dental bridge to fit securely in your mouth in order to restore your smile, bite, and speech. The pontics can be made from various materials such as porcelain, gold, or a combination of both. The dental crowns or dental implants that hold the bridge in place are typically made of porcelain or ceramic materials that closely match the color of your natural teeth.
There are different types of dental bridges available that Dr. Sandhu and Dr. Dhillon will recommend depending on your specific needs. Traditional dental bridges are the most common and are supported by dental crowns on either side of the gap. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the gap, and Maryland bridges use a metal or porcelain framework bonded to the backs of adjacent teeth.
The cost of a dental bridge can vary depending on the type of bridge and the number of teeth being replaced. Generally, the cost of a dental bridge can range from several hundred to over $1,000 per tooth.
Traditional dental bridges are typically more expensive than cantilever or Maryland bridges because they require the placement of dental crowns on the adjacent teeth to support the bridge. Additionally, the materials used for the pontics can also affect the cost of the bridge. Porcelain or ceramic pontics tend to be more expensive than metal pontics.
Keep in mind that dental insurance may cover some or all of the cost of a dental bridge, depending on the terms of your policy. It’s best to check with your insurance provider to see what your coverage is for dental bridges.
Additionally, at Orinda Family Dentistry we offer financing options which spread out your payments and help fit a dental bridge into your budget.
Whether a dental bridge is right for you depends on the condition of your teeth and your specific dental issue. Here are some situations in which a dental bridge may be recommended:
Dr. Sandhu and Dr. Dhillon will be able to evaluate your teeth and recommend the best treatment plan for your individual needs. We will also answer any questions you may have about the dental bridge procedure and help you determine if it’s the right choice for you.
Dental crowns and dental bridges are both dental restorations, but they serve different purposes:
In a nutshell, dental crowns are used to repair or strengthen a damaged or decayed tooth, while dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth by using dental crowns as anchors to support the artificial tooth or teeth.
The lifespan of dental crowns and bridges can vary depending on several factors, such as the quality of the restoration, the material used, the location of the tooth or teeth being restored, and how well you maintain your oral health. Generally, dental crowns and bridges can last between 5-15 years or more with proper care.
Porcelain and ceramic crowns and bridges are typically more durable and long-lasting than resin or metal restorations. Additionally, dental restorations on front teeth may be more prone to wear and tear from biting and chewing, and may require replacement sooner than restorations on back teeth.
To help extend the lifespan of your dental crown or bridge, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene habits such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. Avoid using your teeth to bite or chew hard objects, and wear a mouthguard if you play sports or grind your teeth.
If you experience any problems with your dental crown or bridge, such as pain or sensitivity, a loose or broken restoration, or signs of infection, please contact Orinda Family Dentistry as soon as possible for an evaluation and treatment. With proper care and maintenance, dental crowns and bridges can provide a durable and effective solution for restoring damaged or missing teeth.
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