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By Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
July 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

You might not know it, but you have many options for replacing a missing or damaged tooth. One of the common ways that Dr. Ronald restorative dentistrySchoepflin, your dentist in Port Orchard, Washington, restores teeth is through the use of crowns and bridges. These dual restorations have been around for many decades, and their success is well-documented. Dr. Schoepflin explains how crowns and bridges work in this post.

What is a crown?

Crowns are dental restorations, which means that they're meant to replicate the look and function of a normal tooth. A crown, which is hollow in the middle, accomplishes both of these by fitting over a natural tooth that your Port Orchard dentist has prepared. Crowns are made from measurements taken through x-rays and impressions and can be made of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. When used in combination with a dental bridge, crowns strengthen the natural teeth on either side of the gap left by a missing tooth, allowing the bridge to stay stable for many years.

What is a bridge?

When a natural tooth is missing, it leaves an unattractive and uncomfortable space. Bridges from your Port Orchard dentist fill these spaces so you can eat and smile normally again. The bridge portion of this restoration, called the pontic, looks like a crown but isn't hollow in the center. It's attached to both crowns with a bonding cement and the entire device is carefully matched to blend in well with the color of your natural teeth.

If you have a missing tooth and you think your smile might benefit from a crown and bridge, contact Schoepflin Dental Excellence in Port Orchard, Washington today! We'd be glad to set you up with an appointment to discuss your options for filling in your smile beautifully!

By Ronald L. Schoepflin, D.D.S.
November 28, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

How crowns and bridges from Port Orchard can help your smile

If you don’t like your smile because of damaged, decayed or missing teeth, you can restore your smile to greatness. The answer is dental crownsdental crowns and bridges. Dental crowns and bridges have been the treatment-of-choice for decades to give you a strong, beautiful smile. Dr. Ronald Schoepflin at Schoepflin Dental Excellence in Port Orchard, WA wants to help you discover how dental crowns and bridges can help your smile.

Dental crowns can restore the function of teeth that are:

  • Badly damaged or broken
  • Severely decayed or infected
  • Weakened and discolored from root canal treatment

Dental crowns can also restore the beauty of teeth that are:

  • Deeply discolored, stained or unsightly
  • Poorly aligned or slightly rotated
  • Badly restored with huge, ugly metal fillings

When you choose a dental crown you can count on a naturally-beautiful smile. That’s because dental crowns are usually created from pure porcelain. Porcelain is translucent and reflects light, just like your natural teeth. A porcelain crown provides a cosmetically superior look that can’t be matched by metal crowns.

Dental crowns also provide strength unmatched by dental fillings. That’s because a dental crown covers the visible part of your tooth entirely, shielding your tooth from excessive biting forces. In contrast, a dental filling separates your tooth into sections, actually weakening it and making it more prone to breakage when you bite down.

A dental bridge may be needed if you are missing one or more teeth. Modern dental bridgework looks natural and completes your smile. Dental bridges restore your ability to eat the foods you love without worry and allow you to smile with renewed confidence. Dental bridges are permanently cemented, so you don’t have the inconvenience of removing them, unlike partial dentures.

To see amazing before and after photos of Port Orchard patients, please visit the Smile Gallery on Dr. Schoepflin’s website at

If you need dental crowns or bridges, or just want to find out more about how they can improve your smile, it’s time to seek out the experts. Call Dr. Schoepflin at Schoepflin Dental Excellence in Port Orchard, WA. Call today and restore your smile!

Dental bridges are one of the most popular, cost-effective and reliable ways to replace teeth lost to gum disease, decay or injury. dental bridgesPermanent and natural-looking, bridges restore your smile to full function.

Dental crowns restore failing teeth. These full "caps" cover teeth that are damaged due to fractures, multiple fillings or extensive decay, among other problems. Dr. Ronald Schoepflin in Port Orchard, WA also place crowns as dental implant restorations and to cover the teeth which anchor fixed bridgework.

Bridgework Specifics

Your Port Orchard, WA dentist, Dr. Schoepflin, says there are several kinds of bridges, including:

  • conventional--comprised of one or more false teeth or pontics, anchored by dental crowns on adjacent natural teeth on either side of the appliance
  • cantilever--made up of one or more false teeth suspended from crowned natural teeth on just one side of the appliance (often used at the very back of the mouth)
  • resin-bonded--or Maryland, with one or more artificial teeth bonded to adjacent teeth via metal "wings"
  • implant-supported--also referred to as an implant bridge--made up of custom-crafted porcelain teeth supported by multiple dental implants

All but implant bridges require some removal or preparation of enamel on supporting teeth. Dental impressions and x-rays assist Dr. Schoepflin in formulating a treatment plan for the dental lab to follow in crafting the bridgework.

Crown Specifics

Dentists craft dental crowns from a variety of materials--gold for maximum strength, porcelain fused to metal and all porcelain for maximum aesthetics. Dental crowns cover and protect failing teeth or dental implants. Tooth-shaped and colored, crowns fill smile gaps to confer natural chewing, appearance, and support to neighboring teeth and underlying bone.

Just like bridgework, oral impressions and x-rays provide the necessary information to craft dental crowns. Your Port Orchard, WA dentist places crowns on prepared teeth, cementing them in place and adjusting the biting surfaces.

With good brushing and flossing at home and with semi-annual examinations and professional cleanings at Schoepflin Dental Excellence, crowns and bridges should serve patients well for 7 to 10 years or more.

Fill Those Smile Gaps

Don't let an ailing tooth fail. Protect it with a beautiful dental crown! Or, if you are missing one or more teeth, consider bridgework. Dr. Schoepflin will help you choose the right tooth replacement option to serve your healthy smile for many years. Contact his office today to arrange a consultation: (360) 871-2959.