Dental crowns preserve natural teeth. Dental bridges fill gaps to complete your smile. Patients at Kingsgate Dental Clinic of Kirkland, WA, benefit from crowns and bridges made from biocompatible materials. These materials are natural-looking and also support lasting health and functionality.
Crowns have traditionally been made from metal, or a metal base covered with dental ceramics, such as porcelain. Dr. Ann Kelley does not place crowns made from metals. Instead, she places all-porcelain or ceramic restorations. Unlike metal restorations, ceramic dental materials are:
Crowns may be recommended to restore the appearance of a poorly-shaped or very discolored tooth. They are also a common restorative treatment. Crowns may be recommended to restore natural function and oral health to teeth that are decayed or broken. These damaged teeth cannot be restored adequately with fillings, dental inlays, or dental onlays (partial crowns). Often, crowns are placed following root canal therapy to “save” a badly infected or extensively decayed tooth. The dental ceramic is shaped to cover up the prepared natural tooth structure. This shaped material is then placed to securely fit over the natural tooth, similar to how a crown or cap snugly fits the head. Crowns should be cared for like natural teeth. No special tools or products are required to keep your repaired teeth healthy for life.
Teeth that cannot be restored with root canal therapy or other means may be extracted and replaced with dental bridges. A basic bridge comprises of three parts:
The neighboring abutment teeth hold the pontic in place. To adequately support the artificial tooth, abutments must be crowned. These teeth are reduced and shaped to make room for the crowns. The crowns and pontic are fused together. This three-unit piece is then bonded or fixed to the prepared, reduced natural teeth. Once placed, the gap is filled. With proper care, bridgework can remain healthy for years. There are special hygiene considerations associated with traditional bridges, which we can discuss during a visit to our office - Call (425) 385-0080 to schedule your appointment.