Crowns and Bridges in Lynnwood, WA

Also serving Edmonds, Shoreline and Mill Creek

When you’re in need of a crown procedure call on the friendly professionals at Allen Dental & Denture Clinic . We work with quality brands and use quality techniques to ensure the best services and guarantee great results. Call 425-670-8670 to schedule a consultation today.

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are caps that cover damaged, decayed, or unattractive teeth. They are designed to look and function like natural teeth, providing both protection and aesthetic improvement. Crowns are commonly used after procedures such as root canals, large fillings, or when a tooth has been severely worn down.

Types of Crowns:

  1. Porcelain Crowns: These offer a natural look and are ideal for front teeth.
  2. Ceramic Crowns: Known for their durability and esthetics, suitable for both front and back teeth.
  3. Metal Crowns: Made from gold or other metal alloys, these are incredibly strong and often used for molars.
  4. Porcelain-fused-to-Metal (PFM) Crowns: These combine the strength of metal with the esthetics of porcelain, offering a balanced solution.

The Procedure:

  1. Initial Visit: During your first appointment, the dentist will prepare your tooth by removing any decay and shaping it to fit the crown. An impression of your tooth is taken to create a custom crown that matches your bite and smile.
  2. Temporary Crown: A temporary crown is placed to protect your tooth while the permanent crown is being made.
  3. Second Visit: The permanent crown is cemented into place. Your dentist ensures the fit and bite are perfect, making any necessary adjustments.

Benefits of Crowns:

  • Protection: They safeguard weak or damaged teeth from further harm.
  • Functionality: They restore the ability to chew and speak properly.
  • Aesthetics: They improve the appearance of discolored or misshapen teeth.

What are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are used to fill gaps left by missing teeth. They consist of one or more artificial teeth, known as pontics, that are anchored to the natural teeth or implants on either side of the gap. Bridges are essential for maintaining proper dental alignment and jaw function.

Types of Bridges:

  1. Traditional Bridges: These are the most common, using crowns on adjacent teeth to support the pontic.
  2. Cantilever Bridges: Used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth.
  3. Maryland Bonded Bridges: These use a metal or porcelain framework bonded to the back of adjacent teeth.
  4. Implant-Supported Bridges: Anchored by dental implants, these are highly stable and durable.

The Procedure:

  1. Consultation and Planning: Your dentist will evaluate your oral health and discuss the best type of bridge for your needs.
  2. Preparation of Adjacent Teeth: If using natural teeth for support, they will be prepared by removing a small amount of enamel to accommodate the crowns.
  3. Impression Taking: An impression of your teeth is taken to create a custom bridge.
  4. Temporary Bridge: A temporary bridge may be placed while the permanent one is being made.
  5. Placement: Once the permanent bridge is ready, it is placed and adjusted for a perfect fit.

Benefits of Bridges:

  • Restoration: Bridges restore your smile and the ability to chew and speak properly.
  • Prevention: They prevent remaining teeth from shifting out of position.
  • Stability: By maintaining the structure of your mouth and jaw, bridges help in preserving facial shape.

Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth

Replacing missing teeth is crucial not just for aesthetic reasons but for your overall oral health. Gaps in your teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift, leading to bite problems and jaw pain. Additionally, missing teeth can affect your speech and ability to chew, which can impact your nutrition and overall health.

At Allen Dental & Denture Clinic, we are committed to providing solutions that enhance your smile and improve your quality of life. Our experienced team will guide you through every step, ensuring you receive the best possible care.