There are two main reasons your dental professional will recommend the use of a bridge. They are:

  • When one or more teeth are missing and there are healthy teeth on both sides of the gap
  • As part of a dental restoration plan after the removal of damaged, decayed or broken teeth


 A bridge is a partial denture custom-made to literally “bridge the gap” for one or more missing teeth. There are two types of bridges: removable and fixed. Whether removable or fixed, a bridge is anchored in place by abutments. Both removable and fixed bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain or a combination of materials. Porcelain bridges are often bonded to precious or non-precious metal.

A removable bridge is detached by its wearer for daily cleaning and at bedtime. It is prescribed when:

  • Teeth adjacent to the gap are weak
  • There are multiple missing teeth
  • There are no posterior teeth to provide an anchor for the bridge

A fixed bridge provides greater stability than a removable bridge because it is permanently anchored to abutments by use of bonding or a crown. Only a dentist or specialist can remove it. Fixed bridges must be cleaned daily using dental floss and a specially made aid.


Missing teeth can often lead to a number of mouth ailments, which include:

  • The development of an unstable bite and increased dental stress that can damage teeth and gums or cause headaches
  • Increased risk for periodontal disease and tooth decay
  • Bridges can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years with proper care. Typically, two office visits are required to prepare, complete, and fit a permanent bridge.




A dental crown restores a tooth’s shape, size, and strength. It fully encases the visible portion of your tooth or dental implant. Once it is permanently bonded in place, only a Dentist or Specialist can remove it.


There are several reasons your dentist may recommend a crown. Some of these reasons include:

  • Restoring and protect a tooth that is worn, decayed, cracked, or broken
  • Protecting and support a tooth after a very large filling or root canal treatment
  • Covering a dental implant
  • Holding a dental bridge or other prosthetic device in place
  • Improving your smile by covering a misshapen or severely discolored tooth


Dr. Rastegar will recommend the best type of crown for your dental restoration needs based on the chewing placement and structure of the tooth or implant that requires protection. There are three types of crowns, which are full porcelain, full metal and porcelain-fused-to-metal.


  • Is attractive, strong, stable, and highly resistant to wear
  • Offers a high level of bio-compatibility because it does not contain metal
  • Provides the best natural color match to the rest of your teeth, making it an excellent choice for front teeth replacement


  • Provides strength and endurance
  • Is recommended for back teeth where the forces of biting and chewing are greatest
  • Rarely chips or breaks
  • Requires minimal removal of the tooth structure

A gold or other high-noble metal crown offers biocompatibility. A base metal crown is often the least expensive treatment options; however, it lacks biocompatibility and may cause allergic reactions or gum-line discoloration.


  • Offers the benefits of a natural surface color that resembles the rest of your teeth
  • Offers the strength of a metal substructure

While there are several advantages to selecting this type of crown, it requires the removal of more tooth structure than any other type of crowns. This means that there is greater potential for patient discomfort during the treatment procedure.

After a thorough exam of your teeth, gums and supporting bone structure, Dr Rastegar will discuss
treatment options with you and answer your questions. With proper care and good dental hygiene, the life of a crown can range from 5 to 15 years.

 Dental Arts Building

     A History of Excellence in Dentistry

     Andrew Rastegar D.D.S.

(760) 328 3827