Comparing Dentures, Bridges, and Crowns

When you need excellent restorative dental care tailored to your unique health care needs, you want to have the best possible team on your side. 

At Sunrise Dental, RJ Henneberg, DDS, Filip Orban, DDS, and Rachel Deininger, DDS have the expertise you can trust when you need to repair your smile. They offer restorative dental procedures including dentures along with crowns and bridges from conveniently located offices in Spokane and Spokane Valley, Washington.

Depending on your dental care needs, our team recommends several fixes to your missing teeth. Compare and contrast the benefits of bridges, crowns, and dentures. Here are some reasons we might recommend these options.

Why you might need dentures

While not everyone with missing teeth needs dentures, many patients benefit from these removable dental appliances due to extensive tooth loss. With dentures, your chewing and speaking abilities are vastly improved. 

Left untreated, tooth loss can lead to loss of facial muscle tone and jawbone integrity, prematurely aging you and making it harder to eat and socialize. At Sunrise Dental, we offer full sets of conventional dentures that replace all of your teeth and overdentures that fit over your remaining teeth to fill out your smile. 

If we recommend a dental crown

For teeth that are damaged or weakened, rather than completely missing, our team often recommends a dental crown to cap the problem tooth. The crown, made from ceramic or resin, matches your existing teeth in color and shape, so no one will be able to tell you've even had restorative dental work.

Installing a crown typically takes two appointments. First, we reduce your affected teeth in size to give us space to fit your crown. We also take an impression of your bite to create a mold for your crown. At your final appointment, we permanently fix your crown in place. We use numbing and anesthesia to keep you from experiencing discomfort at any point in the treatment process.

Replacing multiple teeth with a permanent bridge

If you have multiple missing teeth located in succession, a permanent bridge might be your best choice. In this procedure, we anchor a replacement tooth or teeth, called a pontics, between two natural teeth or implants, known as abutments. Like getting a crown, getting a bridge typically takes two appointments. Also like a crown, a bridge lasts permanently and can only be removed by a dentist.

If you think you might need a bridge, a crown, or a set of dentures, get in touch with the professionals at Sunrise Dental today. We can advise you on the best restorative dentistry option to repair your smile and maintain your dental and oral health. You can schedule your initial consultation appointment over the phone, or by using the online tool.

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