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By Advanced Dental Care
December 22, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Implants   Crowns   Bridges  

Is it time that you considered getting a dental crown or bridge in Mill Creek?

Prevention is key to keeping a healthy and happy smile. Simply adopting good hygiene, seeing your dentist regularly and eating healthy can go a long way to preventing problems; however, accidents happen, no matter how cautious we try to be. When some of these Dental Crownsissues arise you may need to turn to dental crowns or bridges in Mill Creek to solve your dental woes.

What are dental crowns and bridges?

A dental crown is sometimes referred to as a cap. This tooth-like artificial cap goes over a damaged tooth to improve function and resilience. A dental crown can also be used to improve a misshapen or aesthetically problematic tooth. Dental crowns are also placed over dental implants to replace a missing tooth.

A dental bridge is also used to replace a missing tooth. To keep the rest of your natural teeth from shifting into the empty space where your tooth used to be, we place a dental bridge. This oral appliance is often cemented to your natural teeth or dental implant to keep it firmly in place. The bridge consists of two crowns on both sides that are placed over the natural teeth that neighbor the empty space. In the middle of the bridge is a pontic, or replacement tooth, which is designed to look just like a natural tooth.

When would my Mill Creek dentist recommend dental crowns?

There are several reasons why a dentist might recommend that you get a dental crown:

  • Protect a tooth from further damage or fracturing
  • To restore function to a fractured tooth
  • To place over a dental implant
  • To hide a misshapen or severely stained tooth
  • To place over a tooth that’s also had root canal therapy
  • To firmly attach a dental bridge

If you are missing a tooth, your Mill Creek dentist may recommend a dental bridge as a treatment option.

How long do dental crowns and bridges last?

They can be designed to last the rest of your life; however, accidents do occur that may require repairs or completely new appliances. There are steps you can take to ensure that your crowns or bridge last a while: maintain good oral hygiene, eat a healthy, smile-friendly diet and see your dentist regularly for cleanings and exams.

On average, most dental crowns can last up to 20 years without repairs. Dental bridges can last up to 15 years with the proper care.

While dental crowns and bridges can be a lifesaver, there are some patients looking for more long-term solutions. If you are interested in a treatment option that could replace your missing tooth for a lifetime, then talk to your dentist about getting dental implants in Mill Creek. While they are significantly more expensive, dental implants do offer a variety of benefits. Call our office to find out more.

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