Dental Crowns & Bridges – Lacey, WA

Custom-Fitted Restorations That are Built to Last

 

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, approximately 178 million people in the United States are missing at least one tooth. Although anyone at any age can have a missing tooth—the causes range from decay or injury to gum disease or cancer—the condition is more likely to occur among older people. And as more and more baby boomers march toward retirement age, the likelihood of tooth loss increases. We can rebuild your smile with dental crown and bridges in Lacey, WA.

Why Choose Peterson & Cammack Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for Dental Crowns & Bridges?

  • CEREC Same-Day Dental Crowns Available
  • We Proudly Accept Dental Insurance
  • Convenient Scheduling for Entire Families Available

Tooth Replacement with Dental Crowns & Bridges

Animated smile during dental crown placement

Replacing missing teeth is important to your oral health, your confidence and your overall health. Even one missing tooth can threaten your mouth with the possibility of gum disease, shifting teeth and an improper bite. Tooth loss can make maintaining a nutritious diet more difficult. You may not be able to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, which provide much needed vitamins and minerals. Finally, many people with missing teeth are reluctant to smile or talk because they know that people will see the gaping hole in their smile.

At Peterson & Cammack Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we want patients to be proud of their smiles. That’s why we encourage people to take action when their smile is compromised by missing teeth. One of the best tooth replacement options for people who are missing one or more consecutive teeth is a dental crown and bridge. Dental crowns are secured to teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. Then, a false tooth or a series of false teeth are attached to these crowns in order to replace missing teeth.

Dental Crown & Bridge Procedure

Animated smile during fixed bridge placement

To prepare your teeth for a crown and bridge, restorative dentist, Dr. Peterson or Dr. Cammack will need to reduce the size of the abutment teeth, or the teeth that will be outfitted with crowns. We will carefully examine these teeth to make sure they are sturdy enough to support a crown. If they prove to be weak or of insufficient size, we can build them up. Alternatively, a tooth can be removed and replaced with a dental implant to support the crown. Your Lacey dentist will determine what the best choice is for you.

Once the abutment teeth are prepared, you’ll wear a temporary crown and bridge while the permanent restoration is fabricated in our dental lab. When the permanent bridge is ready, you’ll return to our Lacey dental office where the temporary will be removed and your custom-designed bridge will be affixed. This bridge will fit precisely alongside your other teeth and will look completely natural. You’ll care for your new dental bridge by brushing and flossing just as you do with your natural teeth. We’ll give you a special bridge floss threader so you can floss the gum tissue lying underneath the bridge’s false tooth.

Dental Crowns & Bridges Frequently Asked Questions

You deserve to know as much as possible before deciding to get a dental restoration, so if you have questions about dental crowns or bridges, we invite you to simply call our team and ask! To help you get information quickly, we’ve gone ahead and responded to some of the most popular questions we receive about these treatments.

How long do dental crowns last?

The average lifespan of a dental crown is five to 15 years. Even though crowns can be made from a variety of materials, the biggest determining factor when it comes to their longevity is the patient themselves. Things such as oral hygiene, diet, and daily habits like smoking, teeth grinding, and nail-biting can contribute to a crown lasting longer or shorter than expected. Typically, crowns placed on the front teeth tend to last longer because they aren’t subjected to the same amount of chewing force as ones on the back teeth.

Can a dental crown get a cavity?

A dental crown itself can never get a cavity because it is not an organic material. However, the natural tooth beneath the crown can develop decay without proper care. A lack of brushing and flossing can allow bacteria to form near the gum line where the crown and tooth meet, leading to infection. Fortunately, these types of cavities can be largely prevented with regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups.

Does it hurt to get a dental crown?

Your mouth will be numbed before your tooth is prepared to be fitted with a dental crown, so you shouldn’t feel much if anything while in the chair. The tooth may be a bit sensitive following the procedure, but this will usually go away on its own after two or three days, and it can be managed with OTC medication in the meantime.

Should I get a dental bridge or denture?

We typically recommend dental bridges for patients who have a small number of consecutive missing teeth, while dentures are suggested for patients who are missing several or all of their teeth. Before providing either treatment, our team will perform an exam, take X-rays, and use this information to educate you on your situation and make a recommendation. This way, you can decide what is best for you with confidence.

Are dental crowns and bridges covered by dental insurance?

Most dental insurance plans do offer partial coverage for dental crowns and bridges. They are often classified as advanced restorative care, so insurance may cover about 50% of the total cost of these treatments. This is just speaking generally, however, so your policy’s numbers might look quite different. Before committing to treatment, we recommend talking to our team so we can give you an estimate of your coverage to ensure you have a more concrete idea of what you’ll be expected to pay out-of-pocket.