Dental Crowns & Bridges
Issaquah, WA

Dental Crowns

Your teeth are incredibly strong and can stand up to a significant amount of daily use. However, despite this strength, your teeth are still susceptible to being faced with damage and decay. While minor damage that only impacts the outermost layer of your teeth may not impact your oral health, only requiring a cosmetic fix, more significant damage can put your oral, and overall, health in danger. In some cases, severe damage may even result in tooth loss or the need for an extraction. Lake Sammamish Family Dentistry can restore your oral health with crowns and bridges.

Restoring Damaged Teeth With Crowns

Damage to your teeth affects more than just their appearance. When the damage is more significant, it can also compromise the strength and the health of the affected teeth. Damage can allow bacteria to the inner layers of your teeth, which can then lead to a painful infection. Bacteria can also travel into the bloodstream and travel throughout the body. Crowns are a dental restoration designed to cover over damaged teeth, restoring their strength and integrity while preventing further damage and infections. They are essentially small caps that cover the entire visible surface of the affected teeth. There are a few different materials that can be used for a crown. Each material has its unique advantages as well as its drawbacks. Common materials for crowns include:
•  Metal: Metal crowns are by far the strongest restorations. Metal can withstand even the strongest bite forces, making them ideal for back teeth. It can last 50 years or longer. Despite its unparalleled strength, metal is highly visible, even at the back of your mouth.
•  Porcelain fused to metal or PFM: PFM crowns have a metal base with a porcelain coating. Metal provides strength for the tooth while porcelain helps the crown to blend in with the rest of your natural teeth. While porcelain can match the color of your natural teeth, these crowns are often noticeable due to a thin metal line at their base.
•  Ceramic: Ceramic crowns are the most popular option. The material can be made to perfectly match the rest of your natural teeth. Ceramic can be stained and finished with a perfect color match while the material reflects light just like enamel. While they are not as strong as metal, they are still fairly strong.

Replacing a Tooth With a Bridge

A bridge is a restoration designed to replace one to three missing teeth. There are a few different types, with fixed bridges being the most common. A fixed bridge is a single unit, typically made from a block of ceramic, that consists of the replacement tooth set between two dental crowns. The crowns act as anchors, attaching to the adjacent healthy teeth to secure the bridge into place. Bridges provide some benefits in the event of tooth loss. They restore your abilities to eat and speak. Your nutrition is improved due to more effective digestion. You regain your smile. Your risk for gum disease and damage to the adjacent teeth is decreased. Moreover, bridges help to hold your adjacent teeth in proper alignment, preventing shifting that can otherwise throw off your bite.

Crown and Bridge Placement

Crowns and bridges are placed in a similar procedure. First, the teeth need to be prepared. Done under a local anesthetic, this process involves removing a portion of the enamel to reduce the teeth in size. Impressions of your mouth are then taken. These impressions are sent to a dental lab, where they are used to make your custom restorations. When they are ready, the restorations are checked for fit and bite and then secured into place with special dental cement. If your teeth are damaged or missing, treatment is needed immediately. For more information on crowns and bridges, and to find out if these solutions are right for you, call Lake Sammamish Family Dentistry today at (425) 270-1075.
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5712 E Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE
, Issaquah, WA 98029
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Friday: By Appointment
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Sunday: CLOSED
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