Crowns & Bridges in Palm Desert
Durable, Natural-Looking Crowns
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a damaged or decayed tooth, or on top of a dental implant. Crowns are used to restore a tooth or replace a tooth that is missing. Our high-quality crowns are strong and blend in perfectly with the rest of your smile. They are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Dr. Bergmann and Dr. Izu each have over three decades of experience in dentistry and have placed thousands of crowns. In addition to his regular dental degree, Dr. Bergmann has an advanced degree in prosthodontics, the dental specialty encompassing the planning, creation and placement of dental restorations such as crowns.
Our doctors make sure your crowns are of the highest quality by working with only the best labs and technicians. They take meticulous care with the details of their work and will give you crowns that are exceptionally well-fitting, aesthetic and durable.
Top-Quality Materials for Durable, Aesthetic Results
Our doctors can use a variety of top-quality materials for your crowns depending on your individual needs.
For front teeth that are visible in your smile, they use high-quality porcelain that is layered over and fused to a zirconia core. Zirconia is a very strong and natural-looking tooth-colored ceramic that is among the latest advances in dentistry. The layering of translucent porcelain on top of zirconia gives a very lifelike effect that closely mimics natural tooth enamel.
For rear teeth, our doctors will often make crowns out of porcelain fused to a high-gold-content metal core. Gold is the most compatible metal to the teeth, has the best fit of any metal-content crown and provides a very durable, long-lasting option. Your gold crown will be fully covered with a porcelain layer so there will be no visible rim and your crown will look completely natural.
For patients who clench or grind their back teeth and need ultimate strength and durability, the doctor provides crowns that are made out of pure zirconia.
High-tech, detailed procedure for precise fit
Our doctors take great care to ensure your crown has a very precise fit. They prepare the tooth and the underside of the crown surfaces so the crown fits snugly over the tooth, with no open spaces or gaps. This prevents any bacteria from getting lodged and causing decay, and ensures the crown will last a very long time.
They also sculpt the crown’s bottom edges, so it fits perfectly just under the gum line. This makes the crown look completely natural and gives superior long-term protection from bacterial accumulation and recurrent decay. To aid in precision, Dr. Bergmann will sculpt and place the crown using a very-high-magnification dental microscope.
An eye for aesthetics
Dr. Bergmann and Dr. Izu have a great eye for aesthetics and provide crowns that are both fully functional and beautiful. They have enhanced and expanded their skills in aesthetics through decades of advanced training through the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, an invitation-only membership group for the most accomplished cosmetic dentists. Our doctors are perfectionists and take great pride in making their work visually appealing. They will treat your crown like a work of art and ensure that it blends in perfectly with the rest of your smile.
Premier dental lab
To guarantee your crowns are the highest possible quality, our doctors partner with a top-tier dental lab in Southern California whose technician has trained with the world’s top dental ceramists. Your crowns will be handcrafted to the highest standards.
Our crowns procedure
Crowns usually require two visits after your initial examination. In the first visit, the doctor will prepare your teeth for the crown, take an impression for the lab and place a temporary crown on your tooth. Your temporary crown will be very well-fitting and aesthetic, just like your final restoration, and will continue to function comfortably.
When your final crown comes back from the lab, you will return and the doctor will place the crown. During placement, the doctor will make any small adjustments necessary to the crown surfaces so it perfectly aligns with the rest of your teeth and your bite. This is very important, as porcelain will wear away if the bite is misaligned. Your doctor will ensure a good bite, preventing any future problems.
When Crowns Are Used
Here are the main reasons you would receive a crown:
- To protect and restore a decayed or broken-down tooth
- To correct discolored or misshapen teeth and cosmetically enhance your smile (veneers are often used for this purpose, but when the tooth has receding gums, is damaged or worn on the inside, the doctor may recommend a crown as a more optimum solution)
- To protect a tooth from fracture after root canal treatment
- To top a dental implant as a replacement for a single tooth
- To correct the alignment of your bite
A dental bridge is a series of connected dental crowns that are used to fill a gap left by one or two missing teeth. The crowns at each end of the bridge are cemented over natural teeth for support. Our doctors use either porcelain fused to high-gold-content metal, porcelain fused to zirconia, or pure zirconia for bridges.
Dr. Bergmann and Dr. Izu provide strong, natural-looking dental bridges that fit precisely and align with the rest of your bite. They meticulously prepare the natural teeth and the attachment surfaces of the bridge with the same precision used for individual dental crowns. Thus their dental bridges are very comfortable, stable and long-lasting.
Implants vs. dental bridges
Another option for replacing a missing tooth is a dental implant topped by a dental crown. Dental implants are the strongest and most durable replacement option for missing teeth. With proper care they can last a lifetime, whereas bridges usually last about ten years, unless they are very well made. Many of our bridges are still in service after 20-25 years and more.
Implants also prevent bone loss which can occur underneath a bridge, causing an unsightly gap. Additionally, dental implants do not require the grinding down of adjacent healthy teeth to replace a single tooth, as do bridges.
Bridges can be the preferred option if the natural teeth at either end of the bridge already need crowns due to damage or decay. Our doctors will let you know whether dental implants or a traditional bridge would be the best tooth replacement option for you.
Before and Afters
To make an appointment, call 760‑349‑7100 or click here to request an appointment online.