Crowns And Bridges Specialist

Juanita Creek Dentistry

Kelly Miller, DDS, MS

Prosthodontist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Kirkland, WA

When it comes to preserving the health of your teeth, few tools are more versatile than dental crowns and bridges. At Juanita Creek Dentistry, Kelly Miller, DDS, MS, offers both crowns and bridges to patients in Kirkland, Washington, and the greater Seattle area, allowing them to smile, chew, and speak with ease and confidence. For more information on crowns and bridges, please call the office to set up an appointment.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are prosthetic devices that cover an existing tooth to protect and strengthen it. The crown itself is made from ceramic, porcelain, or composite resin that’s designed to fit in seamlessly with your existing teeth.

At Juanita Creek Dentistry, Dr. Kelly turns to crowns for a number of reasons, including:

  • Crowning a damaged tooth to preserve it
  • Covering a tooth that’s had a root canal procedure
  • Replacing a tooth on a dental implant
  • Providing an anchor for a bridge
  • Covering a discolored tooth

As you can see by this list, crowns serve both cosmetic and functional roles in your dental health. Ultimately, a crown is one of the best tools for preserving the internal structure of your tooth and its roots.

What is a bridge?

If you’re missing one or more teeth in a row, a bridge fills in the space with prosthetic teeth. Dr. Kelly attaches the bridge to your existing teeth on either side of the space, which she may crown for added strength. 

Your bridge is outfitted with prosthetic teeth made from porcelain, ceramic, or similar materials that have the look and durability of your natural teeth.

What is the process for getting a bridge or crown?

If you need a bridge or a crown, Dr. Kelly takes an impression of your mouth and sends it off to a lab where your new prostheses are custom manufactured to your unique specifications.

In the meantime, Dr. Kelly can set you up with temporary devices so you’re still able to chew and speak normally.

Once your crown and/or bridge is ready, you simply return to Juanita Creek Dentistry where Dr. Kelly bonds them into place, making any necessary adjustments to ensure a great fit.

How long do bridges and crowns last?

Bridges and crowns aren’t removable, so you take care of them as you do your natural teeth. With routine in-office exams and cleanings, and great home care, these prosthetic devices can last up to 20 years.

If you need a bridge or a crown, look no further than Juanita Creek Dentistry. Simply call the office to get started.