Dental Crowns & Bridges
My procedure went very quickly, considering the work that was to be done. It was pretty painless and Dr Weber was professional and very competent. All my visits have been pleasant, a real good team of dental professionals!~ Derek Davis
Whether you’re missing one tooth or five, it can have a real impact on how you feel when you smile. Instead of hiding behind closed lips, restore your smile with crowns and bridges at Weber Dental Center. Dr. Anthony Weber, Dr. Sue Weishaar, and Dr. Lori Weber complete your smile with fixed prosthetic dental devices, improving how you look, feel, and even chew. If you live in or near Spokane Valley, Washington, call Weber Dental Center today to schedule your appointment or book online.
Dental Crowns and Bridges Q & A
Who needs crowns or bridges?
Your dentist can use crowns and bridges to treat a multitude of conditions. Crowns are used to cover your tooth or implant and can:
- Protect weak teeth from further damage
- Restore the appearance of broken or worn teeth
- Cover large fillings, discoloration, or misshapen teeth
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Shield a dental implant
- Create a cosmetic improvement
If you have missing teeth, your dentist may suggest a bridge, which covers the area over one or more missing teeth. They secure the bridge by cementing it to your natural teeth and covering it with a crown.
Crowns and bridges are both used to stabilize natural teeth, which tend to move when a neighboring tooth is missing. This shift causes teeth to become misaligned and can impact your bite.
How are crowns and bridges placed?
When you need a crown or bridge, your dentist must first prepare the area. For crowns, the dentist removes much of your tooth’s outer layer and takes an impression that’s used to fashion your permanent crown. Your provider then places a temporary crown.
At a second appointment, your dentist removes the temporary crown and cleans your tooth. They may etch the tooth, so it better adheres to the crown. They apply cement and then place a crown on the tooth. Your dentist may use a special light to activate the cement and cure the bond.
When it comes to bridges, which replace missing teeth, your dentist anchors the prosthetic device to either your natural teeth or an implant at each end of the empty span. Called abutments, these anchors are then cemented to the artificial replacement teeth and crowned.
How long do crowns and bridges last?
With proper care, your crowns and bridges can last a lifetime. Practicing good oral hygiene is the number one way to protect your prosthetics, including brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and having routine teeth cleanings by a professional.
Avoid chewing on hard foods, ice, and things like pen caps, which can jar your fixed oral devices. If you notice that your crown or bridge loosens or falls out, contact your dentist right away.
When missing or damaged teeth stop your smile from shining, find a solution at Weber Dental Center. Call today to schedule your initial consultation or book your appointment online.