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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!

By Peter Elton DMD, PLLC
December 18, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   crowns   bridges  

A 2012 study by the American Association of Orthodontists revealed that one-third of Americans are unhappy with their smile. Dr. Peter Elton is a dentist in Gig Harbor, WA who helps his patients improve their smiles so that they can feel more confident and comfortable bridges andcrownswhen smiling, eating and speaking. Three possible solutions for missing, broken or damaged teeth are crowns, bridges and dental implants. Learn the difference between these three treatments so that you and your dentist can make an informed decision together.

Dental Crowns
A crown is a dental device that is installed when a healthy tooth is damaged or to fix a cosmetic imperfection. It is commonly made of a hard porcelain material that will stay strong for decades. The natural, rooted tooth is modified and reduced to what is called an abutment so that a crown can be added to the top. It covers the entire surface of the tooth from front to back.

Dental Bridges
When there’s a missing tooth between two healthy teeth, a bridge can help fill that gap. A standard bridge is made up of two crowns on the healthy teeth with a replacement tooth at the center. When the adjacent crowns are bonded, the bridge can last as long as 15 years as long as you prioritize at-home care and regular dental visits.

Dental Implants
Dental implants are whole-tooth replacements, meaning that the entire tooth from the root on up is supplanted with a brand new dental device. Your Gig Harbor, WA dentist surgically embeds the implant into healthy bone tissue and allows time to for it to heal (usually two or more months). Implants can also be used to support full or partial denture devices.

Which Is Best for You?
Your dentist will help you determine which of these solutions is best for your particular case after looking at your X-rays and discussing your dental goals. A better smile is possible in just a few appointments with Dr. Peter Elton. Call his Gig Harbor, WA office at (360) 362-1512 to discuss dental implants and other restorative work.