At Park Place Dental, our experienced team of dentists has been providing comprehensive dental care to patients in San Mateo for over 20 years. We specialize in a wide range of services, including dental bridges and crowns, which are effective solutions for restoring damaged or missing teeth.

What Are Dental Bridges?

A dental bridge is a custom-made replacement for one or more missing teeth. It consists of an artificial tooth (pontic) that is held in place by two dental crowns on either side of the gap. Bridges are made from durable, tooth-colored materials such as porcelain or ceramic, ensuring a natural-looking and long-lasting result.

There are several types of dental bridges:

  • Traditional bridges: The most common type, where the pontic is supported by dental crowns on adjacent teeth.
  • Cantilever bridges: Used when there are teeth on only one side of the missing tooth.
  • Maryland bonded bridges: A metal framework is bonded to the back of adjacent teeth, requiring minimal tooth preparation.
  • Implant-supported bridges: Supported by dental implants instead of natural teeth, offering a more stable and durable solution.

What Are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a damaged or decayed tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. Crowns can be made from various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal, or a combination of these. Dental crowns may be recommended in the following situations:

  • To protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth.
  • To restore a broken tooth or a severely worn-down tooth.
  • To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't much tooth structure left.
  • To hold a dental bridge in place.
  • To cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth.
  • To cover a dental implant.

The Process of Getting a Dental Bridge or Crown

Getting a dental bridge or crown typically requires two visits to our San Mateo dental office. During the first visit, our dentists will prepare the tooth or teeth by removing any decay and shaping them to accommodate the bridge or crown. An impression of your teeth will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory, where your custom restoration will be fabricated. You will be fitted with a temporary bridge or crown to protect your teeth while you wait for your permanent restoration. At your second visit, the temporary restoration will be removed, and the permanent bridge or crown will be checked for proper fit, color, and bite. Once any necessary adjustments are made, the bridge or crown will be permanently cemented in place, leaving you with a beautifully restored smile.

Benefits of Dental Bridges and Crowns

Dental bridges and crowns offer numerous benefits, including:

  • Improved appearance: Bridges and crowns restore the natural look of your smile, enhancing your confidence and self-esteem.
  • Restored function: By replacing missing teeth or protecting damaged ones, bridges and crowns allow you to eat, speak, and smile with ease.
  • Durability: With proper care, dental bridges and crowns can last for many years, providing a long-term solution for your dental needs.
  • Preventing further damage: Bridges and crowns help prevent surrounding teeth from shifting out of position and protect them from additional wear and tear.

At Park Place Dental, we are committed to providing our San Mateo patients with the highest quality dental care. Our experienced team of dentists, including Dr. Robert Rideau - General Practitioner and Dr. Vanessa Lam - General Practitioner, embrace modern approaches to ensure you receive a superior dental experience. If you are considering dental bridges or crowns to restore your smile, contact Park Place Dental today to schedule a consultation. With over 20 years of experience in San Mateo dental care, we are your trusted partner in maintaining lifelong dental health.