Crowns And Bridges Specialist

Joseph Hwang, DMD -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Joseph Hwang, DMD

Cosmetic Dentist located in Livermore, CA

Dr. Joseph Hwang is a dentist specializing in cosmetics, and, in particular, the use of both crowns and bridges. At Tri-Valley Aesthetic Dentistry, the dentist and his staff serve the residents of Livermore, California and many nearby communities and towns.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What Materials Are Used to Make Crowns?

Gold, porcelain, ceramic and composite resin are the most common materials used in the construction of the crowns. Crowns can be used to replace teeth or cover ones that have been damaged. They are used during root canals as well as for dental implants. The permanency of the crown will determine the type of material used in its construction. Gold, porcelain, and ceramic are the hardest, most durable of the materials used and will not wear away as quickly as if the crowns were made from composite resin or hard plastic. Most crowns will last up to five years before needing any type of repair.

Why Are Crowns and Bridges Beneficial?

Crowns and bridges are used to fill gaps that have been caused by missing teeth. When a tooth is lost, the hole that is left behind offers no support to the teeth on either side. Without the support of the missing tooth, other teeth will begin to shift toward the open area, throwing off a person’s bite and making it difficult for the teeth to align properly when a person chews or closes their jaws. Crowns and bridges work to fill the gap and hold the other teeth in their original positions. They also allow the gum tissue to remain strong and will prevent it from pulling away from the remaining teeth in the area.

Are Bridges Permanent?

Bridges and dental implants are often made in such a way that they can remain permanently placed in the mouth. Partial dentures are removable and do not have to be worn unless the patient chooses to. Unlike bridges, partials do not offer the structural support to the teeth and gum tissue and may eventually lead to deterioration. Bridges that are permanently placed in the mouth support the surrounding teeth, preventing them from shifting or moving away from their original position. They can be cleaned just like regular teeth and will not prevent the structure of the mouth from deteriorating.

Insurances

Tri-Valley Aesthetic Dentistry accepts the following PPO plans. If you do not see your insurance listed here, please contact our office.

Aetna PPO
Anthem Blue Cross
Assurant Dental Health Alliance (PPO)
Assurant Employee Benefits
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna PPO
Delta Dental PPO
First Dental Health PPO
Guardian PPO
Lincoln Dental
MetLife Dental
Oxford (UnitedHealthcare)
Premier Access
Principal Dental
The Standard
United Healthcare PPO