Crowns and bridges offer us a way to repair and replace teeth in a way that creates lasting function and an attractive smile.
At Kingsgate Dental Clinic in Kirkland, patients receive care that gives them the best value for their investment. This is accomplished with our use of the latest technology and dental materials.
Historically, dental crowns have been made of metal, or with a base of metal and an overlay of ceramic or porcelain. However, there are disadvantages to this approach.
Metal crowns pose a few problems to the optimal outcome we want. First, some people are allergic to metal. The tissue around the crown may become inflamed and recession may occur as a result. Second, we cannot see through a metal crown on x-ray images. This means that decay or infection can exist without us knowing it, and we always like to know what is going on in our patients' mouths.
Dr. Kelley does not use metal crowns. Instead, she treats patients with all-porcelain or ceramic restorations. These materials look and behave like natural enamel, expanding and contracting at a similar rate. Also, x-rays can see through these materials, allowing us to detect potential problems.
Crowns may be used restoratively or cosmetically. The process takes only two visits over the course of about two weeks. After reducing the tooth to accommodate the crown, an impression is taken. We place a temporary restoration to protect the tooth from damage and sensitivity, and send the model of the tooth to the dental lab. A custom crown is ready for placement in about ten days. Before bonding the crown to the tooth, Dr. Kelley evaluates its fit and appearance, as well as the bite.
A dental bridge is a wonderful option for the individual who needs to replace a tooth. This prosthesis is a framework of three "teeth." The two outer teeth are dental crowns, and the middle tooth is a pontic, or artificial tooth. This tooth will sit on the gums in the gap, stabilized by the crowns that are fitted over the teeth on each side of the gap. Bridgework has advantages and disadvantages that are discussed during your consultation for care.