Affordable Dental Crowns & Bridges in Seattle
Dental crowns and bridges can be used for many reasons. They can protect a weak tooth from decay, restore broken teeth, replace a missing tooth, or they can be used to cosmetically enhance misshapen and discolored teeth. Dr. Reen Chung is a restorative dentist in Seattle who offers high-quality dental crowns and bridges, and our team would be happy to help you restore your smile through our comprehensive dental crown and bridge services. Get in touch with our office to schedule your appointment today!
Bridges & Crowns FAQs
What is the process for creating dental crowns and dental bridges?
After an anesthetic has been applied, the tooth or abutment teeth will be prepared, which involves removing a portion of the enamel and reshaping the teeth so the crown or bridge can fit comfortably. Then, impressions of the teeth are taken so your custom dental bridge or crown can be created. In the meantime, a temporary dental restoration will be placed to protect your teeth. Once your crown or bridge is done, you will come back for a second appointment, and your new restoration will be placed and adjusted. After our team has ensured that everything looks good and you are happy with your new bridge or crown, your treatment will be complete!
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns last an average of 15 years, but when treated well, they can last 25 to 30 years or even longer. Sometimes a dental crown will need to be replaced regardless of how careful you are, but there are a few things you can do to increase the likelihood that your crown will last for many years. Reducing the amount of wear and tear that your crown receives by not using it to chew on hard candy, ice, or popcorn kernels can help, as can using a custom nightguard to keep the teeth from grinding and clenching at night. Maintaining a comprehensive at-home oral care routine and visiting the dentist regularly for cleanings and exams is also very important.
Are dental crowns painful?
Your dental crown procedure should not be painful, as a local anesthetic is always used to numb the tooth and the surrounding area. However, you will likely feel a pinch when the sedative is being administered and may feel some sensitivity or mild pain after the numbness wears off. It shouldn’t be too uncomfortable, and if it is, you can always reach out to our team with questions or concerns. We recommend being very careful with your new crown, chewing on the other side of your mouth for a few days, and taking over-the-counter pain medication.