Berkeley Prosthodontics and General Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Crowns & Bridges

How can we help you?

We welcome all of your questions at Berkeley Prosthodontics and General Dentistry! The more informed you are about oral health care in general, the better equipped you are to make confident decisions about your own treatment.

You aren't meant to be an expert about oral health – that's our job! We're here to guide you and provide you with information so you understand all aspects of your personal oral health. No question is too small, and the only silly question is one that goes unasked.

Here are a few questions we hear frequently, but you probably have others that aren't answered here. Please don't hesitate to call our office or fill out our convenient online contact form.

Crowns & Bridges

Advances in dental materials, techniques, and technology have given us more methods than ever for creating a smile you will love to show off. These updates, combined with Dr. Amy Au’s cosmetic dentist | general dentistry | berkeley ca experience as a prosthodontist, allow us to deliver just about any type of smile makeover you can imagine.

You may have only minor issues that you would like addressed, like chips or cracks. We can correct these conditions with a tooth-colored composite material that blends perfectly with the rest of your tooth. We use the same material to create fillings that look so natural even you won’t be able to detect them!

Common Tooth Restoration Options

Porcelain crowns and veneers are excellent choices for correcting cosmetic flaws like slight tooth misalignments, uneven spaces between teeth, and severe dental staining. A crown encases the whole tooth while a veneer covers the front surface. Both can be customized to address your condition and leave you with a healthier, more refreshed smile.

If you have missing teeth that mar your smile, we offer services like dental implants, porcelain crowns and bridges, and full or partial dentures.

Sometimes for the best results and the most conservative method of saving tooth structure, we may recommend working with orthodontists to help move your teeth in better positioning prior to restorative treatment. Dental teeth whitening may also be a step prior to your final restorations to help achieve the results you desire.

We will be happy to sit down and talk to you about your goals for a more attractive smile. Dr. Au will take all your needs into account and develop a personalized plan for treatment so you can enjoy a smile that exceeds your expectations. Please call Berkeley Prosthodontics and we will be happy to arrange a consultation at your convenience.

Our goal is to improve the health of your smile with restorative dental treatments that enhance your appearance and your self-confidence. We understand that you invest a lot in your smile,dental implants | tooth restoration | berkeley ca and our goal is to deliver an outcome that exceeds your expectations.

Every treatment involves a joint effort where we consult closely with you so that we understand your smile goals and can give you an opportunity to ask questions that matter to you.

Tooth Restoration

However, seeing is believing, so we make it easy to visualize your finished smile by creating a provisional restoration. This provisionalization is a mockup of your new tooth that helps you see how the final result will look in your mouth.

At this point, we also have the opportunity to make changes to the final restoration. Dr. Amy Au will work with you to ensure that all the details meet your satisfaction, including shape, size, fit, and shade.

As a prosthodontist, Dr. Au has the skill and training necessary to provide you with dental restorations that enhance the health and appearance of your smile. If you are interested in learning more about our high-quality restorations, please call Berkeley Prosthodontics and General Dentistry to arrange a convenient smile consultation.

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 seeing you soon!

Amy Au and the Berkeley Prosthodontics Dental Team