A survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that 98% of people believe a beautiful smile to be an important social asset. Through cosmetic dentistry, you are able to bring the shine back to your smile. Dr. Andrew Mohlman is experienced in placing crowns and bridges in Kennewick, WA. These are the two most common dental restorations, but what exactly goes into these kind of treatments, and what are the advantages?

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are the simpler cosmetic solution. In addition to only involving a single tooth, crowns are used for less serious dental problems. If a tooth is cracked, weakened, or otherwise damaged, a crown can help rebuild it and undo the damage. First the tooth is shaped and impressions are taken. Once a crown is created, it is put on top of the faulty tooth, which allows normal chewing and speaking to be possible again. Dr. Mohlman can often create and place a crown in a single visit, but it may be necessary for a temporary crown to be implanted while a permanent one is being made.

Dental Bridge

For more elaborate dental problems, putting in a dental bridge can be the best solution. If you need to have a tooth removed, or if you are already missing a tooth, the gap is filled by a bridge. Essentially, a bridge is three or more crowns that are attached to one another. The teeth on either side of the gap are given tradition crown, while larger implants are placed between them. Unlike crowns, it is typical for bridges to take multiple visits to place. Both dental bridges and crowns are exceedingly strong, so they can withstand daily use for years on end, usually being made of metal, porcelain, gold, resin, or ceramic.

If you are in need of cosmetic dentistry in Kennewick, WA, look no further than Dr. Mohlman. Our family oriented practice serves patients of all kinds and ensures that you will get the smile you have been dreaming of. You can contact our office in Kennewick, WA at (509) 590-0072.