Also known as fixed prosthetic devices, crowns and bridges are cemented to existing teeth. Some patients get these procedures in conjunction with dental implants. Porcelain and ceramic crowns are designed to cover up a damaged tooth so that the tooth becomes stronger. If you have missing teeth, you may be a good candidate for a bridge that will fill the space where your teeth are missing and anchor your teeth to correct any misalignment. Bellevue dentist Dr. Lee can make a recommendation on whether you need crowns, bridges, or a combination of both during your consultation.
How Crowns Work
A crown is typically placed over a damaged tooth and can be effective for improving the appearance of the teeth, and also for reshaping the tooth. The crown is custom-made to match the color of your natural teeth. Dr. Lee may recommend a crown to protect a tooth from damage, to restore a fractured tooth, or even to cover a tooth after a root canal.
How Bridges Work
A bridge is designed to fill any gaps from missing teeth. You might need a bridge if you are missing one or more teeth and are already experiencing functional problems. It is important to keep in mind that missing teeth can increase the risk of developing oral health problems, including gum disease. A bridge covers the entire space where teeth may be missing.
Benefits of Crowns and Bridges
- Durable enough to last several years, or even a lifetime
- Look just like your natural teeth
- Can be connected to existing teeth or implants
- Improves functioning of the teeth
- Improves bite and prevents misalignment
- Prevent teeth from shifting and moving over time
- Can prevent additional tooth loss and other oral health problems
Learn more about crowns and bridges by setting up an appointment with Bellevue dentist Dr. Lee today! Call 425-320-1600.