Porcelain dental restorations such as dental crowns and bridges are important to correcting various issues with the smile, such as replacing and stabilizing damaged teeth. Find out more about dental crowns and bridges and how porcelain restorations can help your smile with Dr. Peter Grieser, Dr. Tracy Sullivan, and Dr. Kevin Yoder at Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA.
What is a dental crown?
Normally used in situations which require the stabilization of a damaged tooth, dental crowns cover a tooth on all sides—including the top. The crown fits perfectly onto an existing tooth thanks to a dental laboratory, who handcrafts each restoration based on a clay mold of the patient’s mouth.
What is a dental bridge?
Dental bridges replace a missing tooth by spanning the gap between two healthy teeth. Two dental crowns hold a bridge in place, securing it permanently into your smile. Removable bridges use metal clasps to attach to the surrounding teeth.
What is the process for placing a dental crown or bridge?
Since a crown holds a bridge in place, the process for placing both restorations is the same. First, your Port Orchard dentist prepares the tooth or teeth that will receive crowns by shaving off a thin layer of enamel from its top and sides. Then, they take a mold of the mouth, which the laboratory uses to create the restoration itself. Finally, at a second appointment, your dentist places the crown or bridge onto the prepared tooth or teeth. Your dentist may suggest placing a temporary crown on the prepared tooth between your first and second appointments.
Crowns and Bridges in Port Orchard, WA
Crowns and bridges can breathe new life into a damaged, decayed, or gapped smile. The best way to determine if a porcelain restoration is the best option for your smile is by talking with your dentist at an in-office consultation.
For more information on porcelain dental restorations such as crowns and bridges, please contact Dr. Peter Grieser, Dr. Tracy Sullivan, and Dr. Kevin Yoder at Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA. Call (360) 895-4321 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!