Crowns and Bridges
Enamel is one of the hardest substances in your body but can be extremely fragile after natural aging, wear-and-tear, or injury. Teeth can become damaged after an accident or due to tooth decay and infection, or even destructive habits like chewing on fingernails or grinding teeth. Teeth that are fractured or damaged often cause our patients a lot of pain, plus they are susceptible to further damage or infection. Missing one or multiple teeth can cause difficulty when chewing or eating, potentially limiting your diet and nutrition.
While these are oral health issues that can lead to further dental problems, many patients focus on the impact that missing or damaged teeth can have on their self-esteem and confidence. If you're not happy with your smile, you may find yourself hiding it or holding back a laugh.
At AJK Family Dentistry in Bellevue, WA, we treat weakened or missing teeth and restore your smile and quality of life. Dr. Adam Kennedy may recommend a dental crown or bridge as reliable and durable dental procedures to enhance your smile.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown (or cap) is a beautifully crafted dental prosthetic that covers the entire surface of the tooth, down to the gum line. It protects, strengthens, and restores your tooth structure in a way that fillings and other restorations may not adequately address.
Since the tooth crown fits over your fractured tooth, it helps protect the tooth from tooth decay, infection, fracturing, and wear.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
A dental cap can help patients who are experiencing any of the following dental situations:
- Damaged teeth
- Cosmetic dental treatment
- Tooth decay
- Broken fillings
- Following a root canal
- Dental implant
- Anchor a dental bridge to restore missing teeth
If you are experiencing one or multiple of the above situations, you may benefit from our custom-crafted dental crowns.
Dental Bridges Can Restore Missing Teeth
Many adult Americans suffer from tooth loss, which can happen for a variety of reasons, including periodontal disease or trauma. Patients in Bellevue, WA have more than one option for tooth replacement, including dental implants. Sometimes, however, people want a non-surgical way to replace a tooth.
Dental bridges are a natural-looking solution for patients who want to improve their appearance. Designed to be worn as a unit, they replace one or multiple missing teeth. The bridge uses an artificial tooth known as a pontic to sit between two anchoring dental crowns that are attached to healthy neighboring teeth.
At AJK Family Dentistry, our digital platform for dental crown development allows us to custom fabricate crowns in one week instead of the typical two.
What Is the Process of Getting a Dental Crown or Bridge?
Typically, a dental crown can take two or more weeks, but at AJK Family Dentistry, we use a top-quality local dental lab that custom fabricates our dental restorations. Our Bellevue restorative dentist also uses digital photography to communicate the alignment, color, and shape of teeth to our local lab technician so we can design a natural-looking smile.
We work towards a conservative approach, but sometimes a dental crown is necessary to strengthen your tooth. Our digital workflow makes impressions a breeze—no more gooey material!
During your dental procedure, we will administer a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable. While the tooth is numb, Dr. Kennedy will treat tooth decay or infection and shape the tooth to ensure a proper fit. Our dental staff will give you after-care instructions and schedule follow-up dental check-ups.
While many of our patients elect for a dental implant prosthesis to replace a missing tooth, we are happy to provide a high-quality bridge or fixed partial denture as needed.
Do You Need a Dental Crown or Bridge?
Dr. Adam Kennedy takes a lot of pride in creating, designing, and fabricating reliable, durable, and beautiful dental crowns and bridges. With proper care and maintenance, our dental restorations can last for many years.
If you have fractured, decayed, or missing teeth and are wondering what your options are, please call AJK Family Dentistry today to schedule your appointment.