Dental Crowns & Bridges In Gig Harbor, WA

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What are
Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns, or caps, are tooth coverings that offer more protection and support for weak teeth. They can be made in various materials, but many people prefer tooth-colored crowns because they blend in with the rest of your natural smile.

The Dental Crowns Process

Crowns are usually placed in two appointments. At your first visit, your dentist prepares your tooth for a crown and takes an impression to create the permanent crown. While the permanent crown is being made, we’ll give you a temporary crown to protect the area.

When your permanent crown is ready, we’ll remove the temporary crown, clean the area, and securely place the crown. Then, you’ll be ready to smile with confidence.

Are you a Candidate?

There are many resons we may place a crown, including:

  • After a large cavity is filled
  • On a cracked, broke, or worn down tooth
  • Following root canal therapy
  • Holding a dental bridge in place
  • Covering a dental implant
  • covering a misshapen or discolored tooth

FAQ’s About Dental Crowns

How long do dental crowns last?
Is it painful to have a crown put on your tooth?

How long do dental crowns last?

Dental crowns can last for over 10 years and even up to 15 years. The longevity of your dental crown depends on the type of material your crown is made of, the area of your mouth the crown is in, and how well you take care of your oral hygiene.

You can help your crown last longer by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, using a mouthwash, and visiting your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. At your appointments, Dr. Bloomquist will check on your crown and make sure it’s still in good shape.

Is it painful to have a crown put on your tooth?

No, having a crown put on your tooth isn’t painful. During your crown preparation and the crown placing, you may have the area numbed so you don’t feel anything. You can also opt for sedation if you want to feel more comfortable.

Dr. Bloomquist can offer nitrous oxide sedation or oral conscious sedation. She’ll recommend the best type of sedation for your procedure so you can be optimally comfortable during your visit. If you feel pain at any point in the procedure, simply alert Dr. Bloomquist and she can solve the issue.

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What are
Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are a tooth replacement option meant to restore multiple adjacent missing teeth. Crowns are used on either side of the gap to secure your replacement teeth in place. You won’t be able to remove your dental bridge because it’s meant to be permanent.

Bridges or Dental Implants?

When it comes to tooth replacement, you have several options. Bridges are often secured by dental crowns, but they can also be supported by dental implants. Implant-supported bridges can prevent jawbone loss and help keep your oral health in its best shape.

The Dental Bridge Process

Regular dental bridges usually require two appointments to be permanently placed. During your first visit, Dr. Bloomquist will prepare your teeth for two crowns. After this, the impression to craft your custom bridge is taken and you’ll receive a temporary bridge.

Your permanent bridge is placed at your next appointment, and it’ll stay in place for a long time with proper oral hygiene.

Repairing Your Bridge

Even if you take good care of your bridge, accidents can happen sometimes. If your bridge becomes broken or uncomfortable, contact us by calling (253) 857-4114. We’ll help you by scheduling an appointment to fix your bridge.

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FAQ’s About Dental Bridges

How many teeth can be in a bridge?
How long does a dental bridge last?

How many teeth can be in a bridge?

A bridge can be used to replace two, three, four, or more teeth. Bridges are supported by and held in place by natural teeth with the help of dental crowns. As long as you have natural teeth that can support your bridge, we can easily replace your teeth.

If you need more teeth replaced and can’t get a bridge, Dr. Bloomquist can provide a variety of dental implant options. Implant-supported bridges or implant-supported dentures may be a viable solution for you to have a strong and beautiful smile.

How long does a dental bridge last?

A dental bridge lasts anywhere from five to 15 years, depending on a variety of factors. One of the biggest factors in the longevity of your dental bridge is how well you take care of it. While it’s meant to last for a while, your actions can impact the condition of your bridge. 

To take care of your dental bridge, remember to brush your teeth twice a day, floss every day, and visit your dentist for regular cleanings. Dr. Bloomquist can check on your bridge at your regular appointments and make adjustments or repairs as needed. She’ll also let you know when it’s time for your bridge to be replaced.

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Keep Your
Smile Beautiful

Damage, decay, or tooth loss doesn’t have to mean the end of your confidence. Our Gig Harbor team can restore your smile so it’s as good as new — or even better.

To learn more about how we can help you, contact our office by calling (253) 857-4114 or by filling out our convenient contact form. We’ll be with you right away to help answer questions or to schedule your appointment.

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