Posts for tag: Crowns and Bridges

By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
February 21, 2022
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Discover the benefits of getting dental crowns and bridges for your smile.

Accidents happen! Yes, even to your smile. Whether you are dealing with extensive decay, or a cracked or broken tooth, our Port Orchard, WA, dentists, Dr. Peter Grieser and Dr. Tracy Sullivan of Family Dental Associates, is here to tell you how getting dental crowns and bridges could turn your smile around.

What are crowns and bridges?

These fixed dental restorations are custom-made just for you. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth to improve its function and appearance while a dental bridge is used to fill gaps and replace one or more missing teeth.

Why might I get a crown?

A crown is a very versatile restoration that can be used to protect a tooth from further damage. A tooth weakened by decay, infection, or trauma can often benefit from getting a crown. A crown will surround the tooth and provide a stronger and more durable outer layer of protection.

A crown may be recommended by our Port Orchard, WA, restorative dentist if you have a cracked, fractured, or broken tooth, if you have a tooth that is badly misshapen or discolored, or if you just underwent root canal therapy.

When are dental bridges needed?

A dental bridge is a fixed oral prosthetic that is designed to replace a single missing tooth or a few missing teeth in a row. A bridge uses two dental crowns, which are placed over healthy teeth on both sides of the gap. The bridge, which contains false teeth, will be fused together with the crowns to anchor the artificial teeth in the middle.

Dental crowns and bridges offer an array of benefits, from treating tooth loss and filling gaps left behind by missing teeth, to protecting teeth from further damage and improving the aesthetics of your smile. 

Do you want to know more about dental crowns, bridges, and other restorative dentistry options we offer? If so, all you have to do is call Family Dental Associates at (360) 895-4321. Our Port Orchard, WA, dentists, Dr. Grieser and Dr. Sullivan, would be happy to discuss dental restorations with you.

By Family Dental Associates
May 07, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns and Bridges  

Porcelain dental restorations such as dental crowns and bridges are important to correcting various issues with the smile, such as dental-crownsreplacing 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!

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Family Dental Associates
1880 Pottery Avenue Suite 200
Port Orchard, WA 98366
(360) 895-4321
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