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Crowns and Bridges


Crowns are restorations that cap or encircles the entire tooth. It takes two appointments to complete a crown.

Santa Rosa Dentist Crown
A crown is placed when there is extensive tooth loss due to decay or a fracture. In most cases, a crown is also indicated for teeth that have had root canal treatment.

Crowns can be made of several different materials. A gold crown is preferred over a porcelain crowns for the very back teeth since the back teeth receive a lot of force and gold crowns do not fracture like porcelain, and it wears like a natural tooth against opposing teeth. However, if cosmetics is a big concern porcelain crowns can be places for back teeth.


A fixed bridge is perpanently bonded to your teeth. A bridge needs to have two anchor teeth (abutments) one on either side of a space due to a missing tooth or missing teeth. Artificial teeth (pontics) connect the two anchor teeth together filling in the space forming a bridge.

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The fixed bridge supports and maintains the integrity of the mouth in addition to improving chewing and aesthetics. When you lose one or more teeth, the remaining teeth can shift and affect your ability to chew and speak properly. Fixed bridges when placed properly are highly durable and will last many years.

There are several types of bridges: gold, all porcelain or porcelain fused to gold. Dr. Alavi will discuss the best options for your particular case.

You may be a candidate for a fixed bridge if you have or want any of the following:

  • Missing teeth
  • Collapsed face because of missing teeth
  • Prevent the remaining teeth from drifting out of position
  • Improve chewing and speaking ability
  • Restore your smile
  • Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a fixed one

Dr. Robert Alavi Dentistry

1420 Guernevill Rd #2 Santa Rosa, CA 95403 | Phone: 707-578-3776 | Fax: 707-578-1060

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