Dental crowns and bridges

Dental restorations are used regularly in general and restorative dentistry and continue to be made with materials like ceramic to look like natural tooth enamel. Two common restorations used at Arnold Cutler DDS by Dr. Arnold Cutler are dental crowns and bridges. Our Lakeside, California, area office can evaluate you for one or both of these tooth repair or loss solutions.

What is a dental crown?

Dr. Cutler describes the dental ceramic crown as a restoration designed to cap a tooth in the smile. It is made of ceramic and bonded over the tooth’s exposed portion above the gum line. It is placed to strengthen and protect a tooth that might have substantial damage or decay, reducing the need for permanent extraction of this tooth.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge, on the other hand, is a restoration made by our dental team to replace one or several missing teeth in a row. Fast replacement is encouraged to avoid shifting teeth or bone loss when tooth loss or extraction occurs. A dental bridge is typically used to “bridge the gap” after tooth extraction and loss, restoring the function and beauty of the smile. Dental bridges include false teeth called pontics fused to dental crowns, which anchor on the adjacent teeth to support the bridge.

Which restorative dentistry solution do I need?

During a consultation with Dr. Cutler, he will assess your smile’s needs and recommend the best restoration. Other types of restorations might also be recommended, including composite resin bonding, porcelain veneers, dentures, and dental implants. We provide the most conservative options for your consideration to ensure you maintain as much of your natural smile as possible!

Find out what makes dental crowns and bridges popular restorations for Lakeside, California, area patients!

Whether you need to replace a missing tooth or cover a damaged one, the team at Arnold Cutler DDS can help fabricate and place dental crowns and bridges. We welcome patients in the areas of El Cajon, Santee, Ramona, La Mesa, and San Diego, CA, to call our office at (619) 561-3307 to request a visit to our practice, conveniently located at 9927 Channel Road in Lakeside, CA.