Dental Bridges in Liberty Lake, WA
In addition to dental implants, patients can have one or more teeth replaced with a dental bridge. Dental bridges literally bridge the gap left by missing teeth. Dental Bridges include one or more replacement teeth that are attached to surrounding teeth, which have been prepared with dental crowns.
Dental bridges can be placed in two visits to our practice. During the first visit, teeth surrounding the gap are prepared for dental crowns and an impression of the area is made. This impression is sent to a dental laboratory so that the bridge can be crafted. Once the bridge is ready, it is bonded into place during a second appointment. In some cases, bridges may be attached with dental implants without affecting surrounding teeth.
Sometimes a bit more work is needed to give you the smile you want. If you are missing teeth, having trouble speaking or chewing, or are noticing strain when biting, bridges may be the ideal procedure to help make your mouth healthy and beautiful again. Bridges are semi-permanent – they can only be removed by a dentist – and are comfortable and proven to strengthen teeth. To find out if bridges are the right option for you, please contact Casey Family Dental today.
A dental crown is a cap that fits over the entire surface of a tooth to add strength and protect it from damage. We use dental crowns to cover teeth that are cracked, discolored, or generally damaged. Other indications for crowns are large failing silver or resin fillings that leave little natural tooth to support chewing forces. Crowns can also be used to add strength to teeth that are weakened due to decay or root canal therapy. For our cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures, we often use all-porcelain crowns because they look natural, contain no dark metal and blend in with surrounding teeth. All porcelain crowns allow light to shine through the tooth into the root so the surrounding gum tissue does not look purple or dark. Dental crowns can be placed in two visits. The tooth to receive the crown is prepared during the first visit by removing enough structure to make room for the restoration. An impression of the area is made and sent to a dental laboratory so that the crown can be custom crafted. Once the crown is ready, it is bonded to the tooth during a second appointment.