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 reasons we may place a crown, including:
FAQs About Dental Crowns
Can I whiten a dental crown?
Dental crowns are resistant to staining, but that also means they don’t react to whitening treatments. If you wish to whiten your teeth, we recommend doing it before your crown is matched to your tooth color.
What are my options if my crown has been damaged?
If your crown has been damaged, contact our office as soon as possible by calling (253) 857-4114. We’ll be able to assist you personally by recommending options and scheduling an appointment to examine your crown.
Can I replace gold or metal crowns with a porcelain crown?
Yes, we can replace your crown with a natural-looking porcelain crown if you want one.
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.
FAQs About Dental Bridges
Are dental bridges covered by insurance?
Most dental insurance plans cover at least part of the cost of dental bridges. To learn the specific details of your plans, contact your dental insurance provider.
Are dental bridges safe?
Yes, dental bridges are safe. Bridges preserve the appearance of your smile by preventing other teeth from shifting into the gap and also protect your oral health by covering the vulnerable gums.
What’s the difference between a temporary and permanent dental bridge?
Your temporary bridge is only placed in between your first appointment and the placement of your permanent bridge.
How long does a dental bridge last?
Your dental bridge can last for over 10 years if you take proper care of it. Brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist can extend the lifespan of your bridge.
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.