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Dental Crowns and Bridges

Dental restorations like crowns and bridges are frequently used to help correct or replace teeth that have been compromised. While the materials used to fabricate these restorations are better than ever, the professional who performs your procedure will ultimately determine the quality of your results. As an experienced prosthodontist, Dr. Dean Kois has advanced training in designing restorations using the best resources available. He is skilled in correcting even the most damaged mouths to optimal oral health. Through solutions like dental crowns and bridges, Dr. Kois and the rest of our dental team can help you restore the look and feel of your teeth with long-lasting results.

What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown, or “cap,” is used to cover a damaged tooth to restore its proper form and function. This can become necessary after significant decay, excessive force, and just normal wear and tear. If a root canal is performed to save a tooth after severe decay, a dental crown is often used to save the tooth’s structure and restore its strength.

Dental crowns at our practice are custom-made to create the most comfortable fit and natural-looking appearance. Our dentists utilize durable materials to ensure the artificial crown lasts for several years. Whether you need to repair a single tooth or several teeth, crowns are an extremely common restoration that can provide life-like results. They are also used in many dental implant procedures to help fill the gap left by a missing tooth.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

Many of us have cruised over the I90 bridge between Seattle and Mercer Island. Critical support on each side helps bear the load, year after year. A dental bridge works in similar fashion to fill the gap left behind from a missing tooth. The teeth adjacent to the missing tooth act as the support for the replacement tooth. A dental bridge often involves one artificial tooth, which is made out of a durable tooth-colored material, with a dental crown on each side. The crowns are attached to the adjacent teeth, while the artificial tooth is in the middle, filling the gap.

A removable partial denture can also be used to replace missing teeth, although not all patients tolerate them well. It may feel loose and a little irritating to the gums, stressing the surrounding teeth. So when a dental bridge or removable partial denture is chosen, it needs to be designed to minimize the strain on the rest of your mouth. This is a key assessment that Dr. Kois can make, and help you decide if either of these are best for you.

Implant-Supported Bridges

As a more permanent alternative to traditional bridges, many patients are eligible for implant-supported bridges. This option is especially beneficial for those missing multiple teeth next to each other. Dental implants are used to replace the roots of the outer missing teeth, offering a foundation for the custom-made bridge. While the surrounding natural teeth are typically used to support a bridge, these teeth can deteriorate after years of wear and tear, creating the need for additional tooth replacements. Implants can provide a more secure and longer-lasting base for the bridge.

Dr. Kois is experienced with helping patients who need to replace a single tooth or larger gaps using implant-supported bridges. He will tailor treatment according to your individual needs, ensuring you restore the form and function of your teeth.

What Can I Expect in the Crown and Bridge Procedures?

Clinical findings and your desires will be considered in all of our planning. Models, digital xray, and other records help guide your personalized treatment. Many times we will first design your new teeth with carved waxed on a stone model for a precise blueprint throughout treatment. These models even provide a highly individualized pattern for your temporary teeth, used while your permanent crowns or bridges are being created.

At your treatment appointment, gently numbed teeth undergo specific shaping and polishing, and impressions of the prepared teeth are captured. Along with photographs and records of your bite, these essential pieces arrive at a specialty dental lab to create models of your teeth. While many dental labs exist in the Seattle area, we partner only with the highest-trained technicians to build your crowns or bridges. Hours of intense, detailed craftsmanship move your new crowns and bridges through the steps needed to bring them to life. In the meantime, acrylic temporaries replicating the final product are placed in your mouth for about three weeks.

When you return to Kois Dentistry after the temporary stage, the final crowns or bridges will be tried in, evaluated, and adjusted slightly to ensure a perfect fit. Once they’re bonded into place, a final polish brings your restored smile to life. While many teeth can often be completed at once in this fashion, some cases may involve repeating the steps in a separate area of your mouth.

Implant-supported cases involve modifications to these steps, but crafting customized crowns and bridges in either scenario leads to the same outcome. Restoring your mouth with the best materials, guided by an expert clinician, in a comfortable environment brings the best of dentistry to you in the Seattle area.

How Long Do Dental Crowns and Bridges Last?

Dental crowns and bridges can last several years when cared for properly. In addition to practicing good oral hygiene, the longevity of your results will be influenced by the materials used and the skill of your dentist. On average, crowns and bridges can last about 15 years before they need to be replaced.

How Much Do Dental Crowns and Bridges Cost?

The cost of dental crowns and bridges will vary based on the expertise of your dental professional, the geographic location of their practice, the materials used, and if an outside laboratory is used to fabricate the restorations. Crowns tend to range between $1,000 and $3,500, while dental bridges may cost about $2,100 to $4,500. Most dental insurance providers offer at least partial coverage for these restorations. Our team will provide a cost estimate based on the unique details of your case to help you understand what to expect.