Crowns & Bridges Specialist

Northwest Dental Services & Denture Implant Center

Dentists & Denturists located in Tacoma, WA & Lakewood, WA

If you want a more permanent option for missing teeth, crowns and bridges provide an ideal solution. At Northwest Dental Services & Dental Implant Center, the expert dental team has extensive experience providing patients in Tacoma and Lakewood, Washington, replacement teeth that function as well as they look. To learn more about how crowns and bridges can restore your smile, call or book an appointment online.

Crowns & Bridges Q & A

What are Crowns?

A dental crown is a cap that one of the denturists places over your tooth in order to:

  • Protect a damaged or fractured tooth
  • Hide a discolored tooth
  • Cover a tooth with too much dental work
  • Attach a bridge

At Northwest Dental Services & Dental Implant Center, the technicians design the crown so that it fits in seamlessly with your existing teeth, in shape, color, and function.

What are Bridges?

If you’re missing one or more teeth, a bridge fills the gap with prosthetic teeth. A dental bridge is fixed to your existing teeth, and you can’t remove it. Many patients opt for a bridge instead of dentures because of this last fact — the care for a bridge is the same as your natural teeth, simplifying your at-home dental routine.

The other reason many patients choose a bridge is for the stability it offers. The dentists use your existing teeth as anchors, holding your bridge firmly in place.

Like the crowns, the replacement teeth that come with the bridge are custom-made to fit in with your surrounding natural teeth, and only you will know the difference.

How are Crowns and Bridges Made?

What makes Northwest Dental Services & Dental Implant Center so special is that they offer an on-site lab, which manufactures all of the dental products so that you don’t have to wait weeks for an outside lab.

After one of the dentists takes impressions of your teeth and reviews your shading options with you, the lab goes to work. Using state-of-art equipment, the technicians custom manufacture your crown and bridge, using materials that create life-like replacements, right down to the transparency of the tooth.

How Long Do Crowns and Bridges Last?

The materials that the technicians use are designed to stand up to the normal everyday forces your natural teeth encounter. And they’re up to the task, sometimes lasting a lifetime. A lot of this depends on you, however. It’s important that you keep up with good at-home care in order to prolong the life of your new crowns and bridge.

If you need to replace teeth and you want to explore crowns and bridges, call Northwest Dental Services & Dental Implant Center, or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.