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Paulo Cortes, DMD
Dentist located in Mira Mesa, San Diego, CA

Crowns & Bridges Specialist

Crowns and bridges maintain the integrity of your teeth. While crowns protect damaged teeth, bridges replace missing teeth and help maintain proper alignment. Dr. Paulo Cortes and the staff of San Diego Smile Center offer services to many communities in Mira Mesa within the San Diego area. If you would like to know more about crowns and bridges, call the office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Cortes and his staff.

Crowns & Bridges Q & A

Why are Crowns Used?

Crowns are used for several reasons. They’re placed over the top of damaged or broken teeth to prevent further damage that may result in the loss of the tooth. Crowns are also valuable when it comes to filling gaps created when by lost teeth. Crowns are used in conjunction with Dental Implant San Diego to protect the stability of the jaw and prevent teeth from shifting.

Crowns also give the visual impression of a full, healthy set of teeth. Aside from the aesthetic benefits of crowns, the fact is they protect teeth and prevent further decay. For some, it’s easier to cover the tooth and leave it the way it is than try to repair it, especially if making repairs could cause it to become more prone to breakage in the long run.

What is a Bridge and How is it Used?

A bridge is exactly what it implies: It’s a small bridge made to fit over an existing gap in a row of teeth. A crown on either side is used to stabilize the bridge. The fake teeth that comprise the bridge portion are installed to fill gaps left behind by missing or broken teeth that Dr. Cortes must extract.

Once a bridge is made, Dr. Cortes places the two crowns on each of the existing teeth on either side of the gap. By anchoring the bridge in this way, he fills the gap, and the teeth on either side are held in place so they can’t shift and alter the alignment of the teeth. That helps maintain the proper structure of the mouth and eliminates pressure from the TMJ joint if the teeth shift.

Why is it Important to Fill Gaps Caused By Missing Teeth?

When you lose a tooth, the teeth on either side have nothing to hold them in place. Without the natural abutment of other teeth, they begin to shift and will start to gravitate toward the vacant area left by the lost tooth. If this is allowed to happen, your natural bite pattern will be disrupted, and your teeth won’t fit together as naturally as they did before.

If your alignment is allowed to remain askew, it can put pressure on your TMJ joint. This can result in intense pain and inflammation that may prevent you from closing your mouth normally and can have a dramatic impact on your ability to chew food and speak normally.


Our San Diego clinic offers comprehensive solutions for all of your dental needs.

Accepted Insurance Providers

At San Diego Smile Center, our professional dentist in mira mesa is dedicated to our patient’s dental health with affordable payment plans. As a dental practice, we accept a wide variety of insurance providers to ensure that all our patients are covered. Our friendly staff will be able to assist you if your insurance isn’t listed or you have questions.


Dr. Cortes, his wife and his office staff are amazing. They made me feel so comfortable and right at home. They’re positive energy is infectious! Very down to earth.


I have been going to Dr Cortes for over two years and have always been very pleased with there work. Dr Cortes and his Mira Mesa dentist team are very nice and are always making sure you are comfortable at all times

Janie T.

They are a great team. I am assured they want to give the best dental service they possibly can to people. Their enthusiasm and good will is wonderful!


A breath of fresh air for dental offices, Dr Cortes is a true find.. He is not only very meticulous and detail-oriented, but he also shows you what you have.


I am very impressed with the dentist’s knowledge and precision, he works swiftly and makes sure the job is very well done…


I have to say this dental office in San Diego is the most caring office I have ever been to. They are so kind and passionate about his work.


Contact Paulo Cortes, DMD

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10737 Camino Ruiz #120

San Diego, California 92126

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