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Why You Might Need a Crown or Bridge

Whether you are looking to protect a tooth, or to restore a missing one, crowns and bridges are a way to keep your smile whole. For more information about why you might need a crown or bridge, contact Dr. Phuong Nguyen of Emerson Dental in Fircrest, WA.

Damaged Tooth

A crown is in essence a cap made to encase and protect your tooth. It can be made of a number of different materials, from porcelain to a variety of metals, and is manufactured to match the shape of a natural tooth.

So when teeth become damaged, either due to accident, wear, or decay, your dentist may decide to apply a crown to them to protect them from further damage.

Root Canal

A root canal is a procedure that is often performed in order to alleviate pain and to save the tooth from extraction. It's often decayed in the form of a cavity that will eventually progress deep into your tooth, past the protective enamel, and cause pain. The reason for the pain is that at the very center of your tooth is the pulp, the soft tissue that contains blood vessels and nerves. A root canal eliminates these nerves down through the root of your tooth, both to halt decay and to give you pain relief.

But the tooth-saving procedure requires the removal of a significant amount of tooth structure, meaning it has to be protected, and this usually calls for a dental crown.

Missing Tooth

It's not always possible to prevent tooth loss, trauma or decay can often leave gaps in your smile. To replace a tooth your doctor may recommend a dental bridge.

A bridge uses the adjacent teeth to anchor a crown into the gap, and it is one of the most common, and usually most cost-effective, methods for restoring your smile.

Crowns and Bridges in Fircrest, WA

Explore all the ways that crowns and bridges can improve your smile, make an appointment today with Dr. Nguyen of Emerson Dental in Fircrest, WA, by dialing (253) 565-2895.

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