At Advanced Dentistry at Century Square, we provide dental crowns and bridges for patients throughout the Seattle, WA area. These procedures are extremely effective for restoring a tooth that has become infected, damaged or has fallen out. Dr. Andreea Larhs is an expert at completing these procedures in a way that looks natural while resolving oral health issues. This way a patient can regain the functionality of their tooth without looking like dental work was ever completed. If you live or work in Seattle, WA call 206-292-9900 to schedule your appointment so that you can learn more about dental crowns and dental bridges.
What are dental crowns?
A dental crown (cap) is a laboratory-fabricated full-coverage restoration that surrounds the tooth. Dr. Andreea Larhs will typically use a crown to restore a tooth that has been damaged but they can also be used for cosmetic purposes in order to improve the appearance of a smile. There are many design and material choices. Dr. Larhs will select a design and materials that are most appropriate based on each patient’s (and furthermore each tooth’s) unique needs. Individual risks such as esthetics, function/strength, rate for caries (cavities) are all carefully weighed.
What are dental bridges?
A dental bridge is a way to replace a missing tooth. At Advanced Dentistry at Century Square, we provide clients with dental bridges if they want to replace a tooth without wearing dentures or undergoing surgery. The new tooth is held in place by two crowns. It looks natural and is made out of a ceramic or porcelain material to match the surrounding teeth. As an experienced cosmetic dentist, Dr. Andreea Larhs makes sure that the new tooth looks and feels amazing. This is a popular option for patients throughout the 98101 area.
When preparing for the procedure, we recommend that patients throughout Washington take a day off of work. If possible, you may want to take a couple of days off. It is normal for teeth to be somewhat sensitive, and it is easier if you don’t have to worry about meeting clients and keeping up with your busy schedule.
Seattle, Washington Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges
When getting dental crowns and dental bridges installed, it is advisable that you work with an experienced cosmetic dentist that knows how to complete the procedure in a way that looks natural. At Advanced Dentistry at Century Square, we can do so while also keeping our patients completely comfortable by using sedation dentistry. The process for both procedures is fairly similar. Before getting started, an impression is taken of the teeth so that the new crown or bridge can be created in a dental lab.
When placing a dental crown around a tooth, Advanced Dentistry at Century Square starts by preparing the tooth. A portion of the enamel needs to be removed so that there is room for the new crown to surround the tooth without pushing other teeth out of place. Once this is done, the tooth is cleaned a temporary crown is secured to it using removable glue. Patients typically wear a temporary crown for around two weeks while waiting for a permanent one to be created in the lab. During this time, it is important to be careful with what you eat and how you brush your teeth since the temporary is designed to come off.
When the dental Restoratives are done being created by the lab, patients come back to our Seattle dentist office, so that the temporaries can be removed and the permanent ones bonded to the tooth. When getting a crown, this cap is secured around the tooth and once bonded in place the procedure is complete. With a bridge, a crown is placed on the two teeth that are surrounding the missing one. On top of the crown is a piece that looks like natural gums that holds the new tooth in place. These two crowns serve as anchors for this synthetic “bridge” and makes a new tooth as durable as it can be. Patients throughout the 98101 area depend on this procedure as a way to replace missing teeth in a way that looks natural and restores the functionality of the missing tooth.
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Benefits of Crowns or Bridges
The benefit of wearing a crown is that it surrounds and protects the tooth. This means that regardless of how damaged the tooth was, you can eat your favorite foods without fear of discomfort. A crown can restore the functionality of your mouth by making it easy to eat, drink and speak like normal. This is ideal for people that are suffering from severely sensitive teeth, have a cracked or chipped tooth or have undergone a root canal. Similarly, a bridge makes it possible to eat and speak like normal without worrying about your new tooth becoming loose or falling out. They are both ideal for people that have active lifestyles and don’t want to be constrained by their teeth. To find out if the procedure is right for you, call 206-292-9900 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Andreea Larhs and discuss your options. At Advanced Dentistry at Century Square, we make it easier for patients throughout Seattle to have a beautiful and functional smile.