Misshapen, severely damaged, or missing teeth can take a toll on your self-image and lead to further dental problems if not treated promptly. At Issaquah Dental Health in Issaquah, Washington, Mark Herzog, DMD, and his experienced dental team restore missing and damaged teeth with crowns and bridges to give you the beautiful smile you desire. Call Issaquah Dental Health to learn more or book an appointment online today.
Dental crowns and bridges restore missing, discolored, or damaged teeth. A crown fits over the top of your original tooth like a cap to improve its appearance. A bridge is made of crowns attached to a replacement tooth to bridge the gap of missing teeth and blend in perfectly with surrounding teeth.
Crown and bridges improve the function and appearance of teeth that are:
Receiving a crown or bridge is a common tooth restoration procedure. Dr. Herzog can help you decide if either is right for you.
Crown and bridge placement is usually a two-step process. You can expect the following during your procedure:
During your first appointment, Dr. Herzog assesses the extent of tooth damage. He takes X-rays of your teeth and schedules a root canal for an infected tooth if necessary prior to crown placement.
Dr. Herzog numbs the affected area and files down your tooth to allow a crown to fit over it perfectly. He then takes an impression of your teeth and sends it to a dental lab, where a new custom crown is created. He gives you a temporary crown to wear in the meantime.
During a subsequent appointment, Dr. Herzog and his team remove the temporary crown and cement a permanent crown in place. He numbs the area to make sure you’re comfortable during the procedure.
Receiving a bridge is also a multiple-step process. But instead of making a mold of just one tooth to fit a crown, Dr. Herzog files down and creates molds of two or more natural teeth surrounding a missing tooth.
He enlists the help of a surgeon to insert a dental implant to secure your bridge in place and gives you temporary crowns to wear while a dental lab creates your permanent bridge. During a subsequent appointment, he cements crowns to surrounding teeth and secures your bridge in place.
Dental bridges and crowns can last longer than a decade, as they are made of gold, alloys, porcelain, or combinations of these materials.
You’ll care for crowns and bridges as you would with natural teeth, by regularly brushing and flossing and attending dental visits.
When you’re tired of damaged or missing teeth ruining your beautiful smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Herzog at Issaquah Dental Health by phone or online today.