How can we help you?
We believe deeply in the power of patient education and strongly encourage our patients to ask any questions that come to mind. Even a question that seems small to you could have a significant effect on your dental health.
Take a look through our Frequently Asked Questions to find a selection of common questions we are asked by our patients. If you have additional questions or if your question is not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact us and ask!
Dental Crowns and Bridges
The more involved we become with our ongoing oral health, the more familiar we become with specific dental terms. Most people have probably heard of crowns and bridges but may still have some confusion about what they are.
Dental crowns and bridges are modern dental restorations that revive your smile. If you are a patient in Kirkland, WA with damaged or missing teeth, contact Jen Kim Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to find out more about your smile restoration options.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped porcelain jacket that covers your entire tooth. Your Kirkland, WA dentist would recommend a dental crown if there is a cavity that's too big for a filling, or if your tooth is cracked or chipped. Broken teeth or decaying teeth usually require a dental crown to help support and protect them from further damage.
What is a dental bridge?
A bridge is recommended if one or more teeth are missing. Your dentist can “bridge” the gap in your smile by joining an artificial tooth, or a crown, to the nearby existing teeth. The bridge is held together by adjoining teeth.
Do you have a tooth that needs improvement?
People can get dental crowns to help stabilize a weakened tooth, or to be a part of a dental bridge that fills in the gap of a missing tooth. Contact our Kirkland, WA dental staff today to schedule a dental evaluation today to see what your tooth restoration options are!
Dental crowns are typically used to cover and protect a tooth that has cracked, broken, or is significantly damaged by decay. The tooth is shaped to allow the crown to fit over the top and then the crown is bonded into place. Crowns are created to look like your teeth, and most people will never know the difference.
Restore Broken Implants
Crowns are also used to restore dental implants. In this case, instead of being affixed to your own tooth, the crown is attached to an implant, which has been surgically placed in the space where a tooth used to be. This allows us to replace missing teeth with crowns that both look and function like your own teeth.
Crowns are also used in cosmetic dentistry to cover and conceal a tooth that is severely damaged, didn’t develop properly, or has significant discoloration that can be corrected with tooth whitening.
Get A Flawless Smile with Dental Crowns
Today’s crowns are aesthetic and blend in flawlessly with your own natural teeth. This is a huge improvement from previous crown technology, which often left an unpleasant gray line right at the gumline. Today, most people will never know your secret!
To find out if crowns are right for you, call the office of Kirkland dentist Dr. Jen Kim and schedule a consultation appointment.