Dental crowns restore the function and appearance of teeth in Petaluma, CA

At North Bay Smiles, it is our goal to help patients avoid the need for dental restorations and treatments to the extent possible, but sometimes decay occurs, or accidents happen that jeopardize the health or appearance of a tooth. In these cases, dental crowns or bridges may be recommended. Dental crowns are one of the most used restorations in dentistry because they are incredibly versatile, and dental bridges are a great way to replace one or more missing teeth. Dr. Yvonne Szyperski provides patients in the Petaluma, CA area with dental crowns and bridges that not only repair, protect, and restore the function of teeth, but also revitalize their appearance for a natural and healthy-looking smile.

Dental crowns explained

Dental crowns, also called “tooth caps,” are a piece of customized porcelain, zirconia, or other material that is placed over your tooth, where it protects it from further damage and restores its function and appearance. A dental crown may be recommended in a wide variety of circumstances:

  • To restore decayed teeth that have an area of damage that is too large for a filling
  • When a tooth has broken or fractured
  • When a tooth has sustained significant wear and tear that has affected its shape or biting surface
  • After root canal therapy
  • To finish a dental implant
  • For cosmetic teeth enhancement

Dental crowns can be made from several different types of materials. Dr. Szyperski typically recommends zirconia or porcelain crowns, such as E-Max all-porcelain crowns, when you want your new restoration to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. These modern dental materials can be matched to your existing tooth color and have the same luster as natural tooth enamel. In addition, they are durable and biocompatible.  Several options of materials are available. Dr Szyperski will discuss what option of material is best for to restore your tooth. 

Dental bridges to replace missing teeth

For patients who have lost one or more teeth in a row, a dental bridge can be a terrific option for replacing the lost teeth and restoring the function and beauty of your smile. A traditional bridge consists of two main components: false teeth that “bridge” the gap created by the lost teeth, and dental crowns that are placed on the adjacent teeth to anchor the bridge securely in place. Implant-supported bridges work similarly to traditional bridges, but rather than using dental crowns to affix the bridge, dental implants are surgically placed in the jawbone and provide a sturdy foundation for the missing teeth without altering the neighboring tooth structure.

Like dental crowns, bridges can be made from a variety of materials and Dr. Szyperski will help you determine which is best for your specific needs.

Call us today!

At North Bay Smiles, natural-looking dental restorations such as porcelain dental crowns and bridges are just a few of the many options available for restoring both the function and appearance of your smile. To schedule your appointment, call our Petaluma, CA office at (707) 306-8001. Our office is conveniently located in Petaluma, CA and serves patients in the Rohnert Park, Cotati, Santa Rosa, Novato, and surrounding areas.