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Crowns & Bridges: The Building Blocks of a New Smile

Smiling man and woman outdoorsA lot of bad things can happen to the teeth, but whether you’re dealing with problems due to decay or an injury, Parkfield Family Dental can help you reclaim your complete smile using crowns and bridges. We custom-make these restorations for every patient, so no matter why you come to see us, the results will be beautiful, strong, and enable you to smile with complete confidence.

What is a Dental Crown?

Dental crown on workshop table

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that simply fits over the top of a natural tooth. It can protect the tooth from further damage as well as bring back its original shape, size, and strength at the same time. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials depending on which tooth needs to be repaired, including everything from durable metals to beautiful dental porcelain. In the case of a missing tooth, a crown can even be attached to a dental implant to provide the next best thing to nature.

What is a Dental Bridge?

Model of smile with fixed bridge restoration

A dental bridge can be used to replace a single missing tooth or even a few in a row, and it is constructed using dental crowns. Two crowns are placed on either side of the gap in a patient’s smile, and these are then attached to prosthetic teeth to close it. This not only restores the appearance of the teeth, but it also helps even out the bite and keep the remaining teeth from shifting out of place. If a patient doesn’t have enough healthy dental structure to hold a bridge, we can also support one using dental implants. In either case, both of these restorations can help create teeth that look and function normally for many years with the proper maintenance (brushing, flossing, regular dental visits, etc). If you’re interested in learning more about crowns and bridges and how we could use them to help you, contact us today.