Crowns And Bridges Specialist

Smile Now Dental

Thomas Pham, DMD

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Arlington, WA

Looking for a permanent solution for gaps in your smile? Both dental crowns and bridges can restore your smile and seal the gaps left behind by your missing teeth. Smile Now® Dental in Spanaway, Tacoma, and Arlington, Washington, provides crowns and bridges to patients searching for a tooth replacement alternative to dentures. To find out if crowns and bridges are the right option for you, call Smile Now Dental or book an appointment online today.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What is a dental crown?

A crown is a dental restoration that fits over your entire tooth to fix physical imperfections, provide protection, and add strength if your tooth has been weakened. There are plenty of crown materials to choose from, including silver, gold, porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. Your Smile Now Dental professional can help you decide which option suits you best. Dental crowns are typically recommended to patients with:

  • Tooth discoloration
  • Weak teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Large fillings
  • Dental implants
  • Root canal therapy

A gap left behind by a missing tooth will ultimately cause your teeth to shift, throwing off your natural bite, often leading to potentially serious dental conditions like TMJ and gum disease. A dental crown helps restore your bite and keeps your facial structure intact.

How do dental crowns work?

A crown, or cap, must cover your entire damaged tooth, so it has to fit perfectly. After taking X-rays and scans of your mouth to make sure your teeth, gums, and surrounding bone are healthy enough to receive the crown, your dentist removes the outer layer of your damaged tooth to make room for your new restoration.

Next, dental impressions are taken to serve as models for your crown fabrication, which takes approximately two to three weeks. During this time, you will be fitted for a temporary crown that is replaced once your permanent restoration arrives.

After removing the temporary crown, your Smile Now Dental professional places your permanent crown and makes any necessary adjustments. Once the crown is perfectly cemented into place, it looks and feels identical to your existing teeth.

What is a dental bridge?

A bridge is a dental restoration meant to add structure and support to gaps in your smile that have been left behind by missing teeth. They are similar to architectural bridges in the sense that two supporting teeth, called abutments, hold together and support your new artificial tooth, or pontic.

Bridges help hold the structure in your mouth when missing teeth threaten to cause shifts in your remaining teeth. Without a full set of teeth, your existing teeth may shift and throw off your bite, which leads to dental problems like TMJ and gum disease.

How do dental bridges work?

Once your X-rays and scans are taken, your Smile Now Dental expert prepares your abutment teeth by removing enough enamel to make room for your new dental crowns. Next, impressions of your teeth are made to serve as models for your abutments and pontics.

To protect your exposed gums while this permanent restoration is created, your dentist fits you for a temporary bridge, which is removed approximately two to three weeks after your initial appointment, once the permanent bridge has been fabricated. At your final appointment, your permanent bridge is placed, adjusted, and cemented.

Dental crowns and bridges help restore your smile, bite, and self-esteem. For more information, call Smile Now Dental or book an appointment online now.