Crowns And Bridges Specialist

Roger Gershfeld, DMD

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

Crowns and bridges can bring your smile back to life. If you have damaged or missing teeth, leading dentist Roger Gershfeld, DMD, can give you a new smile at his self-titled practice in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles. His office looks forward to serving your dental needs. Book an appointment online or over the phone today to learn how crowns and bridges can enhance your look and oral health.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What is a dental crown?

A crown is a permanent cover for a damaged tooth. It's crafted to look like the original tooth and can strengthen and restore its appearance. A crown goes over the original tooth and is bonded into place, so the tooth is completely covered from the gumline up.

Are dental crowns a good fit for me?

There are a variety of reasons Dr. Gershfeld may suggest a crown. A crown can cover a dental implant or a discolored or oddly shaped tooth.

In addition to making a natural tooth look better, a crown can provide support to a tooth. Teeth with large fillings and little natural tooth remaining are susceptible to breaking, but a crown can prevent this from happening. Crowns often cover a tooth that’s undergone a root canal. They can also be a reliable solution for teeth that need strengthening due to severe decay, cracks, fractures, or fillings.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge offers a durable and cost-effective way to replace missing teeth.

A dental bridge consists of one or more false teeth that are attached to crowns on both sides of the false teeth. The two crowns are then anchored to the two natural teeth on either side of the gap, enabling the false teeth to occupy the gap. Dental bridges help prevent existing teeth from moving into empty spaces left by the missing teeth.

What are the types of bridges and crowns?

Dr. Gershfeld offers porcelain crowns, which are the best looking because they match the natural color and shade of your teeth. Porcelain crowns also offer superior strength and durability. In some cases, Dr. Gershfeld may recommend stainless steel, gold, or silver crowns.

Dr. Gershfeld also provides three types of dental bridges. The type he recommends for you will depend on your dental needs. The types are:

  • Cantilever bridges: These bridges are best when you only have natural teeth on one side of the missing tooth.
  • Maryland bridges: These bridges are made of a specialized resin that’s cemented to a metal framework.
  • Traditional bridges: These bridges are anchored to two surrounding existing teeth.

The process of getting a dental bridge or crown is less invasive compared to getting an implant, and they can also be more affordable. Book an appointment with Roger Gershfeld, DMD at his gay-friendly practice, online or over the phone to see if getting a crown or bridge can help you reach your smile goals.