Dental Crowns & Bridges In Gig Harbor, WA

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What are
Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns cover teeth that have suffered trauma or severe decay. They also offer more protection and support for weakened teeth and can complete a restoration such as a dental implant procedure or a dental bridge. 

Crowns can be made in various materials, but many people prefer porcelain crowns because they seamlessly blend with the rest of your natural smile. Crowns look and function just like regular teeth. They’re durable and are customized to fit the shape and color of your teeth.

The Dental Crowns Process

Prior to the procedure, Dr. Bloomquist will numb your area to make sure you’re pain-free throughout the process. Porcelain crowns are typically placed in two appointments and consist of only a few steps, including:

  1. Dr. Bloomquist will prepare your tooth for a crown by removing a portion of the enamel to accommodate the new prosthetic
  2. We’ll take an impression of your teeth and send it to the lab to ensure your new tooth perfectly fits the contour of your smile
  3. A temporary crown will be placed to protect the area
  4. When your permanent crown is ready, we’ll remove the temporary crown, clean the area, and securely place your new crown
  5. You’ll be ready to smile with confidence
Diagram of a dental crown
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Are You a Candidate for Dental Crowns?

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

  • If a cavity is too large for a filling
  • On a tooth that’s cracked, broken, or worn down 
  • Following root canal therapy
  • To secure a dental bridge
  • To function as a tooth on a dental implant
  • Covering a misshapen or discolored tooth

What Are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are a tooth replacement option that can restore multiple adjacent missing teeth. Crowns are placed on the teeth next to the gap, called abutment teeth, to secure your dental bridge. The gap is restored with natural-looking teeth called pontics. 

A diagram of a dental bridge

Types of Dental Bridges

There are a few different types of dental bridges that can be customized to fit your individual needs, including:

Traditional Dental Bridges 

Traditional bridges are the most common type of dental bridge and consist of pontic teeth that are held in place by your natural teeth. They’re typically made of ceramic or porcelain fused to metal.

Cantilever Bridges

Similar to traditional bridges, a Cantilever Bridge is held in place by an abutment tooth, but only on one side. Since the tooth is only attached on one side there is a higher risk of fractures and complications. 

Maryland Bridges

Maryland bridges are typically recommended for front teeth. These resin-bonded bridges use metal or porcelain bands to bind a pontic tooth to the backs of adjacent natural teeth. Placing the bonding materials behind the adjacent teeth allows the bridge to blend in seamlessly.

Implant-Supported Bridges

Instead of being supported by natural teeth, an implant-supported bridge is affixed to a dental implant. The dental implant reinforces the strength of the bridge. Since implant-supported bridges provide additional support, they’re ideal for adjacent missing teeth or nonadjacent missing teeth that undergo more rigorous chewing forces.

Depending on your unique case, Dr. Bloomquist will determine the bridge that would benefit you the most.

The Dental Bridge Process

A bridge can typically be placed in just two appointments. The process to a dental bridge is simple and can typically be completed in two appointments. There are four steps to placing a dental bridge, including:

  1. Adjacent teeth will be prepared for crowns
  2. An impression will be taken and sent to a lab
  3. A temporary bridge will be placed
  4. When your new bridge arrives it will be cemented in place

After your bridge has been placed, Dr. Bloomquist will teach you how to properly care for your new smile. It’s important to note that while the process of receiving a dental bridge is simple, the process for an implant-supported bridge requires surgery and a few months of healing before the procedure is complete.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many teeth can a bridge replace?
How long does a dental bridge last?
How long do dental crowns last?
Is it painful to have a crown put on your tooth?

How many teeth can a bridge replace?

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

If a dental bridge isn’t right for you, Dr. Bloomquist can provide a variety of alternative options such as dentures or dental implants. Implant-supported bridges or implant-supported dentures can provide a viable solution to 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 such as your oral hygiene habits and how much wear and tear you place on your restoration. To properly care for your dental bridge, you’ll want to brush your teeth twice a day, floss every day, and visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. 

Dr. Bloomquist can check on your bridge during 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. If your bridge breaks or becomes damaged, try to avoid fixing it on your own as this typically causes more problems. Contact our office by calling (253) 857-4114 and Dr. Bloomquist will fix your appliance or recommend a new one.

How long do dental crowns last?

With proper care, dental crowns can last for 10 to 15 years or more. 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 placed, and your oral hygiene habits.

You can help your crown last longer by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, rinsing between meals, and visiting your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. During 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 placement procedures, the area will be numbed so you don’t feel a thing. You can also ask about dental sedation if you prefer to feel more comfortable.

At Sound Bridge Center For Dental Arts, we offer nitrous oxide sedation or oral conscious sedation. Dr. Bloomquist will recommend the best type of sedation for your procedure so you’ll be comfortable during your visit. If you feel any pain during the procedure, simply let us know and Dr. Bloomquist can adjust the medication as needed.

Keep Your Smile and Your Confidence

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.