Crowns And Bridges

K. Douglas Barker, D.M.D. -  - Cosmetic & General Dentistry

Newport Center Smile Design

K. Douglas Barker, D.M.D.

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Newport Beach, CA

Crowns and bridges are classic restorative solutions used to improve the appearance of your smile and oral health. K. Douglas Barker, DMD, provides high-quality crowns and bridges at Newport Center Smile Design. To schedule your crown or bridge consultation with Dr. Barker, call the office in Newport Beach, or use the online booking system today.

Crowns and Bridges

What is a crown?

A crown is a prosthetic cap cemented onto your existing tooth or attached to a dental implant. It covers the entirety of the tooth or implant above the gumline. 

There are several reasons why Dr. Barker might recommend getting a crown, including to:

  • Improve your tooth’s shape
  • Strengthen your tooth
  • Restore a broken, worn, or severely decayed tooth
  • Make a tooth more aesthetically pleasing


Dr. Barker makes your crown from an impression of your mouth, so it fits comfortably and compliments your bite.

What is a bridge?

A bridge is a way for Dr. Barker to replace missing teeth. It’s an artificial tooth attached to crowns sealed to the teeth adjacent to your missing tooth. Bridges get their name because they literally bridge the missing space between your teeth.

There are many advantages to replacing your missing tooth with a bridge, such as alleviating stress on your bite and helping to maintain the shape of your face. They also can make it easier for you to properly chew and speak and improve the appearance of your smile.

What are crowns and bridges made from?

The material for your crown or bridge depends on your unique needs and preferences and where it will be placed. A crown or bridge can be made from:

  • Porcelain
  • Silver amalgam
  • Gold
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal


Each material has different advantages. When you come in for your procedure, Dr. Barker helps you select the material that’s best for you. 

How do I get a crown or bridge?

After removing some of the enamel from the tooth that’s going to be receiving the crown, Dr. Barker takes a precise impression of your mouth with an iTero Element® intraoral scanner. 

He sends that impression to a lab where a technician sculpts your crown or bridge according to the unique aspects of your bite. When the lab finishes making your crown, Dr. Barker seals it in place.

To get started with your crown or bridge, schedule a consultation with Dr. Barker today by calling Newport Center Smile Design or booking an appointment online.