Crowns & Bridges

Crowns & Bridges in Palo Alto

About Dental Crowns

If you take good care of your teeth and visit your dentist on a regular basis for periodic checkups and cleanings, you can normally prevent serious decay before it happens. Even if you develop a small cavity, this can usually be treated by drilling and filling, a relatively minor procedure. In more advanced stages of decay, however, a filling may be inadequate to repair the damage that has been done to the structure of the tooth. Similarly, if you have suffered a fractured or broken tooth in an accident, it is likely necessary to resort to more extensive measures to correct the situation. This is the purpose of a dental crown. Fundamentally, a dental crown is exactly what the name implies. It is a small cap of porcelain, gold or other material which is specially manufactured to fit over the structure of the existing tooth in order to restore or correct its shape, alignment or coloring.

A dental crown is a fixed prosthetic device, rather than something you have to remember to remove and wash such as a retainer or dentures. In many cases, a crown will last for the rest of the patient's life. We provide porcelain crowns which match the color of the patient's tooth, as well as gold crowns which have the advantage of being stronger and are therefore especially desirable for the molars in the back of the mouth.

What are dental bridges?

In the event that you have lost one or more teeth, you will most likely need to have a bridge installed. Otherwise, the adjacent teeth may shift out of place to fill the gap, you may have difficulty chewing food and you might even experience malformation of face structure. The bridge is a dental prosthetic which is cemented into place against the adjacent teeth or is attached to implants which are installed in the area. The anchors for the bridge are referred to as abutments, while the false tooth which fills the gap is the pontic (from Latin pons "bridge"). The bridge structure includes a pair of crowns, each of which sits over one of the abutments. Learn whether a crown or bridge is the right dental procedure for you and request an appointment by contacting a Palo Alto dentist at Nidhi A Pai DMD now!