At Phinney Ridge Dental, in Seattle, WA, our mission is built on the notion that our friends and neighbors don’t have to live with damaged or missing teeth. Your smile should be one of your greatest assets. It should light the way into every room and invite strangers to become friends. But if you’re too embarrassed by your teeth to show them off, your quality of life may suffer.
Instead, we encourage you to be open with us about your smile challenges because you are in good company. The American College of Prosthodontists reports that 178 million Americans miss at least one tooth, and as many as 30% of adults over 65 are missing all their teeth.
We intend to provide the dental care you need to restore tooth damage, avoiding tooth loss and advanced tooth trauma that can also lead to future oral health conditions. We think everyone deserves a complete and functioning smile.
So for these reasons and many more, we offer tooth replacement and restoration options, including dental crowns and bridges.
Quality Dental Crowns Restore Smiles & So Much More!
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped jacket that fits over a tooth and is designed to match your smile. And it has a variety of essential uses across dentistry.
If you have recently had a root canal or suffered from severe decay or trauma to a tooth, chances are your dentist treated that tooth and then capped it with a dental crown. A tooth crown restores stability and allows for a buffer zone between your bite and your vulnerable tooth. It is often what saves a tooth from extraction. We can also use a tooth crown to conceal flaws like chips, discoloration, small gaps between teeth, and shape abnormalities.
Additionally, a dental crown acts as a replacement tooth following dental implant placement. A dental crown can also anchor to a dental bridge when replacing multiple missing teeth. Overall, dental crowns are a vital part of dentistry and have saved and helped restore smiles for decades.
A dental bridge is a prosthetic tooth or teeth situated between dental crowns—one on each side. These crowns cap healthy teeth and allow the prosthetics to fill in where teeth are lost. This is a fixed restoration that looks natural and restores function. You’ll be able to smile and enjoy your favorite meals again without worry.
Is A Dental Bridge Right For You?
At Phinney Ridge Dental, we offer a variety of tooth replacement options, including the dental bridge. The process of replacing your missing teeth always starts with a consultation at our dental office. Our dentist will evaluate your teeth to determine whether a dental bridge is the best option for your smile restoration.
The good news is that most patients with tooth loss are good candidates for the time-tested dental bridge.
Taking Care Of Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns require the same maintenance as natural teeth—brush, floss, and visit your dentist regularly for dental exams and cleanings. This prevents gum disease and further tooth loss.
We recommend a small cleaning brush and a floss threader for your dental bridge to keep your prosthetic free from bacteria, especially near the gumline. And like dental crown care, it is crucial to brush, floss, and visit your dentist for exams and teeth cleanings. These practices maintain the integrity of your bridge and help prevent further tooth loss and bridge failure.