Berkeley Prosthodontics and General Dentistry

What is the difference between a crown and a bridge?

When looking to replace your missing teeth, it is best to know all of your options and which works best for you.

A crown is a single unit covering over a tooth or tooth area that looks and feels like a natural tooth, and they are “fixed” solutions, meaning they stay in the mouth.  Crowns can dental crown | dental bridge | berkeley either be cemented over prepared natural teeth or implant-abutments or screw-retained into implant-abutments.  Often times after a root canal treatment or large tooth fracture, a full coverage restoration, or a crown, protects and strengthens a natural tooth. Dental implants can also receive a crown, too, though the crown is usually restored in combination with an abutment for the dental implant.  

A bridge is any time a restoration includes more than a single crown. It can be supported by abutments at both ends OR be cantilevered at one end. Bridges can be cemented over natural teeth or screw-retained into dental implants. There are many permutations on how crown and bridge restorations can be designed for maximum esthetics and comfortable, predictable function for patients. 

Tooth Replacement Consultation

If you are still undecided on which tooth replacement option is right for you, please don't hesitate to call our office. Dr. Au would love to answer any questions that you have, schedule your consultation today.

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Important information regarding COVID-19 Safety


Welcome back!  Your health and well-being continue to be our highest priority, and we are ONLY open because we have carefully planned and revised our office procedures to greatly minimize the risk of infection for our patients and our team members.

Our team closely follows guidelines set forth by the CDC, OSHA, ADA, and Berkeley City in regards to existing and new personal protective equipment (PPE), updated engineering, modified administrative protocols, and extra safety practice protocols. You can expect to see some changes for your next appointment, such as pre-appointment respiratory screening, daily temperature-taking, social distanced office area, more air purification and ventilation in each operatory, staggered and lengthened appointments, and more physical barriers installed to keep the office a safe environment for everyone.
 

We ask that everyone 12 and older must have face cover on when you arrive at our office, and to help social distance, we may ask you and your family, companion to wait in your car during any wait.

 

Thank you for your cooperation! We look forward to see you soon!

Amy Au, Barbara Curtis, and the Berkeley Prosthodontics Dental Team