Dental Crowns and Bridges


You deserve a smile you’re genuinely proud of, and at Sunset Point Dental, Dr. Andre Bandeira’s mission is to help you achieve one through high-quality dental care. As a leading dentist serving Clearwater, Florida and the Tampa Bay area, we’re proud to offer a wide range of treatments ranging from general and preventive care to complex restorative treatment. But if you’re looking for a brighter, whiter, more beautiful smile, we’d love to help through our variety of cosmetic dentistry services.

Dental Crowns

A dental crown or “cap” is a covering that fits over a damaged, decayed or unattractive tooth. A crown completely covers a tooth above the gum line. This is in contrast to a dental veneer, which only covers a tooth’s front surface and needs natural tooth structure to support it. Therefore, if a tooth is missing a significant amount of structure above the gum line, Dr. Andre Bandeira will determine if a crown would be the restoration of choice. Crowns strengthen damaged teeth, allowing them to function normally again. When crafted from today’s high-tech porcelains (dental ceramics), crowns are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. They can even be designed to improve upon a tooth’s original appearance. There are other materials besides porcelain that Dr. Andre Bandeira can use to make dental crowns, depending on what qualities are most important. This includes gold, and for a more natural appearance, all-porcelain crowns with zirconia, representing the strongest ceramic. We would be happy to discuss the pros and cons of these various options with you.

Dental Bridges

If you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth in a row, Dr. Andre Bandeira may recommend a dental bridge to restore your smile. A bridge is a fixed dental restoration, meaning it is non-removable. The dental bridge is anchored in place through the use of two dental crowns, which are custom made to fit your smile and are placed on the teeth or dental implants next to the space left by the missing tooth. These crowns hold the artificial tooth in place to restore your smile, ensuring that your restoration will not easily shift or come loose. It typically requires only two visits to our practice to complete the dental bridge. Dental bridges are designed to last for many years and to restore the function, beauty, and health of your smile. Dr. Andre Bandeira may recommend a dental bridge to improve your smile by:

  • Restoring your ability to speak, eat, and chew as normal
  • Alleviating excess stress on the bite
  • Improving the shape and volume of your face
  • Replacing an unwanted removable partial denture
  • Preventing the remaining natural teeth from moving out of position
  • Enhancing the appearance of your smile

We will help you determine whether a custom dental bridge is the right choice for restoring your smile after tooth loss. For more information, please call or visit us today at Sunset Point Dental in Clearwater, Florida.

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