Crooked or missing teeth not only affect your smile, but they can ultimately lead to shifting teeth, gum disease, or other serious oral health issues. Raymond Hsu, DDS, MAGD, LLSR, of Wellness Centered Dentistry in Redmond, Washington, performs restorative dentistry procedures to install crowns and bridges. Crowns and bridges are prosthetic devices that help strengthen damaged teeth and improve your appearance. Call or use the online booking tool today to set up an appointment with Dr. Hsu if you’d like to learn more.
Crowns and bridges are prosthetic devices Dr. Hsu uses to treat damaged teeth. Unlike other dental prosthetics like dentures, crowns and bridges are cemented onto your teeth and can’t be removed without the intervention of a professional dentist like Dr. Hsu.
Crowns are caps or covers for damaged teeth that strengthen your tooth’s structure, while often improving alignment and appearance. Dr. Hsu uses crowns that match the color of your natural teeth.
Bridges are prosthetic teeth that fill in gaps, or missing teeth, in your smile. They are cemented onto your natural surrounding teeth or implants on the sides of empty spaces. The implants or natural teeth that hold up the bridge are called abutments and anchor the bridge in its place. Dr. Hsu also uses bridges that match the appearance of your natural teeth.
Dr. Hsu may recommend that you get a crown to:
Dr. Hsu typically recommends bridges for people who have lost teeth due to injuries, accidents, or periodontal disease.
Crowns and bridges are made out of a variety of different materials, but usually porcelain. Dr. Hsu can make porcelain crowns and bridges closely mirror the appearance of natural teeth. Before fitting you with a crown or bridge, Dr. Hsu usually reduces the size of your natural teeth being covered or anchoring the bridge to make room for the prosthetic.
Dr. Hsu then takes impressions of your teeth and sends them off to a dental lab, where your prosthetic is formed. Getting a crown or bridge involves two appointments. At the first, Dr. Hsu takes the impression of your teeth. At the second date, Dr. Hsu cements the bridge or crown on in a minimally invasive procedure.
Crowns and bridges often last many years, sometimes for a lifetime. However, in some cases, they do fall out and need to be replaced. Maintaining good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly is the best way to ensure they last for a very long time.
Make sure to continue your regular checkups with Dr. Hsu after getting a crown or bridge.