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Dental Crowns & Bridges
San Carlos, CA

At Frank Hsu, D.D.S., our goal is to prevent potential tooth decay and dental diseases. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. Many of our patients require restorative treatment even with a strong oral hygiene regimen. If tooth decay becomes severe, you may need a dental crown. If a tooth cannot be saved, then an extraction may be necessary. We offer several restoration options for missing teeth. For some patients, we may recommend a traditional dental bridge.

What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cover that protects the visible portion of a damaged tooth. Dr. Hsu may recommend a dental crown to:
Dental Crown being placed on tooth diagram used by San Carlos dentist at Frank Hsu, D.D.S..
•  Prevent a weak tooth from cracking
•  Replace a large filling after too much healthy tooth structure is lost
•  Restore a broken or cracked tooth
•  Cover a severely discolored tooth
•  Cover a severely misshaped tooth
•  Cover a dental implant screw
•  Strengthen a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment
•  Support a dental bridge

We must completely reshape the tooth to accommodate the dental crown. Once a significant portion of the enamel is removed, we take an impression of the area. This impression will be used to fabricate your final crown. After the crown is ready, we will permanently cement it to the enamel. This procedure usually requires at least two appointments and several weeks to complete. We may give you a temporary crown during the fabrication process.

Dental Bridge being placed diagram used by San Carlos dentist at Frank Hsu, D.D.S..

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a prosthetic tooth, or pontic, that is supported by the two adjacent teeth. These teeth, also known as abutment teeth, are capped with two dental crowns that attach to the pontic. A bridge may be recommended if you are missing one or more teeth.

The gap left by a missing tooth can cause significant complications with your remaining teeth. Eventually, these teeth will compensate for the open space and shift out of their proper position. This can lead to a misalignment with your bite, also known as a malocclusion. Some patients also experience gum disease and TMJ disorders due to this imbalance.

These days a bridge can also be supported by a series of dental implants. A dental implant is a small titanium screw that we surgically embed into the jawbone. These implants act as the root component of a prosthesis, making them the next best thing to your natural teeth. We typically place one implant for each missing tooth in the bridge.

Restoration Materials

Most restorations these days are fabricated using the finest materials available, including porcelain and zirconia. These materials are ceramic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural enamel. Porcelain and zirconia not only contain the same light-reflective properties as enamel, but also unmatched durability. Under the right circumstances, a ceramic restoration can last for many decades. Composite resin, a putty-like material, can also be used to fabricate a dental crown. While cost-effective, these restorations do not possess the same benefits as their ceramic counterparts.

Schedule an Appointment

Do not ignore problematic or missing teeth. If you would like to learn more about our restorative treatments, call 650.262.1940, and schedule your appointment now!
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Frank Hsu, DDS
1553 Laurel St, Suite A,
San Carlos, CA 94070-5114
Phone: 650.262.1940
Fax: 650.592.1220

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