Could Crowns Or Bridges Help My Smile?
By Peter Elton DMD, PLLC
June 28, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   bridges  

As your body ages, your teeth age as well. This could happen in the form of teeth lost from previous dental procedures or simple wear crowns and bridgesand tear or discolorations. However, you can revive your damaged or missing teeth using crowns and bridges. Learn how crowns and bridges can help your smile with Dr. Peter Elton and Dr. Douglas Clarke at Cedarbrook Dental in Gig Harbor, WA.

What can a crown do for me? 
Dental crowns are a versatile dental restoration with many uses. Your dentist can use dental crowns to:

  • restore the biting surface of a worn down tooth
  • support a tooth with a large filling
  • cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
  • secure a dental bridge in place
  • improve the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth
  • stabilize a broken or cracked tooth
  • protect a weakened tooth

What can a bridge do for me? 
A dental bridge fills in the gap left behind by a missing tooth. Unlike a dental implant, bridges require no oral surgery and their procedure is generally an easy one. Usually made up of three prosthetic teeth in a row, a bridge has a dental crown on either end. The crown attaches to the teeth surrounding the gap to anchor the bridge into place. Bridges are important not just to complete your smile but also to keep the teeth surrounding your gap from moving or shifting.

Crowns and Bridges in Gig Harbor, WA
Whether you require a crown, a bridge, or both, Dr. Elton and Dr. Clarke have you covered. The procedures for crowns and bridges involve preparing the anchor teeth to receive the crown or crowns. Your dentist will remove parts of the tooth’s enamel on the sides and top then shape the tooth into the correct form to fit snugly inside of the dental crown. This makes enough room for the crown and ensures a proper bond between your tooth and the crown. A dental laboratory creates the restorations themselves based on a mold of your mouth. Finally, usually at a second appointment, your dentist permanently bonds the bridge or crown to your teeth.

For more information on crowns and bridges, please contact Dr. Peter Elton, and Dr. Douglas Clarke at Cedarbrook Dental in Gig Harbor, WA. Call (253) 851-1190 to schedule your appointment for a consultation today!