Crowns and bridges make it easy to enhance your smile and provide a solution if you have damaged, decaying, or missing permanent teeth. At Rainier Dental in Bonney Lake, Puyallup, Sumner, and Tacoma, Washington, the skilled dental team uses crowns and bridges to restore smiles and encourage optimal oral health. Call the nearest Rainier Dental office today to make an appointment, or book your visit online.
Crowns and bridges are dental restorations designed to preserve your smile and oral health. Though often mentioned together, they aren’t the same thing:
A crown is a cap made of porcelain, ceramic, or metal amalgam bonded on top of a severely damaged or decaying permanent tooth. The crown restores your tooth’s shape and size, letting you bite and chew confidently.
A dental bridge is a restoration that “bridges” a gap in your smile where a tooth used to be. Dental bridges have a false tooth (pontic) and two crowns or a metal framework. The pontic fills the space in your smile, and the crowns or framework prevent it from moving out of position.
The Rainier Dental team uses crowns and bridges to:
Rainier Dental partners with nearby dental labs to design and manufacture custom crowns and bridges that fit perfectly and blend in naturally with your smile.
Getting a crown or bridge at Rainier Dental takes two visits several weeks apart.
Your dentist completes an oral exam and takes digital X-rays to get a complete picture of your dental health. Then, they numb your mouth with a local anesthetic.
If you’re getting a crown, your dentist removes the decaying or damaged portion of your tooth enamel and takes digital impressions with an intraoral scanner.
If you’re getting a crown, your dentist removes a thin layer of enamel from the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile and takes digital impressions.
Your dentist sends your impressions to a dental lab that designs and manufactures a custom crown or bridge.
A week or two later, when your custom restoration is ready, you return to Rainier Dental. Your dentist numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic, lines up the crown or bridge with your smile, and bonds it in place. They check your bite, polish your teeth, and provide care instructions.
Call the nearest Rainier Dental office today to schedule a crowns and bridges appointment or book your visit online.