Even with the best brushing and flossing habits, anyone can develop tooth decay. Fortunately, crowns and bridges can help to restore the structure and health of your teeth. At Sunrise Dental in Arlington, Washington, Carl Cheung, DMD, and Chang Han, DDS, lead an expert team who can help you navigate the important decisions about your dental health. Contact the office today to get started on a treatment plan.
Dental crowns are durable protective shells designed to fit snugly over a damaged tooth. They provide extra support and hide cosmetic defects like darkened fillings or large chips. They can also strengthen teeth that will be used to support a dental bridge.
Crowns can be custom-tinted to match your other teeth for a completely natural look.
Bridges are dental devices used to replace one or more teeth. They’re composed of a metal framework and one or more artificial teeth that are attached to that framework. Bridges may be removable or permanently attached to the teeth on either side.
The teeth used to support the bridge are usually covered by crowns to provide additional support and prevent those teeth from weakening or eventually falling out.
Bridges take more than one visit for fitting and placement. During your first visit, the teeth on either side of the gap left by the missing tooth will be shaped and prepared to be fitted with crowns.
One of the Sunrise Dental doctors makes an impression of the gap and the neighboring teeth to serve as a model for the bridge and crowns. Temporary crowns are placed on the teeth to protect them while the permanent crowns are being made.
At the second visit, your doctor places the permanent crowns over the neighboring teeth and carefully adheres them with strong dental cement. The bridge is then placed on the teeth and shaped for a comfortable fit.
Like dental crowns, the artificial teeth that are part of your bridge can be tinted to match your other teeth, so they look completely natural.
Crowns and bridges offer several benefits, which include:
Crowns and bridges also help to keep your teeth from shifting out of alignment because of open spaces or gaps.
If you’re ready for a full, natural-looking smile today, contact Sunrise Dental using the easy online scheduling system.