Prosthodontics

A beautiful smile is important to your health, hygiene, confidence, and self-esteem. At our office, we can help you have the most attractive, natural-looking smile possible through advanced prosthodontic care. Prosthodontics, or prosthetic dentistry, is an area of dentistry that concentrates on the aesthetic restoration and replacement of teeth to their proper form and function.

As a comprehensive dental practice, our patients can take advantage of a wide range of prosthodontic treatments. Prosthodontic care focuses on complete oral rehabilitation and treatment of numerous dental conditions, such as:

  • TMJ/TMD
  • Traumatic injuries to the mouth’s structures
  • Congenital or birth anomalies to teeth
  • Complete tooth loss
  • Implant Reconstruction
  • Ill fitting dentures

Prosthodontic Treatment Options

In order to restore your smile, we may recommend the following prosthodontic treatments:

Bridges

A bridge may be used to replace missing teeth, help maintain the shape of your face, and alleviate stress on your bite. A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Your bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support.

Crowns

Crowns are a restoration used to improve your tooth’s shape or to strengthen a tooth. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or have portions destroyed by tooth decay. Think of a crown as a “cap” cemented onto an existing tooth which fully covers the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and are very strong.

Dental Implants

An implant is an artificial tooth made of metal and porcelain that looks just like your natural tooth. It's composed of two main parts: one is the titanium implant body that takes the place of the missing root, and the second part is the tooth-colored crown that is cemented on top of the implant. With dental implants, you can smile confidently knowing that no one will ever suspect you have a replacement tooth.

Dentures

Dentures are natural-looking replacement teeth made by your dentist that are removable. There are two types of dentures: full and partial. Full dentures are given to patients when all of the natural teeth have been removed. Partial dentures are attached to a metal frame that is connected to your natural teeth and are used to fill in where permanent teeth have been removed.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is caused by a misalignment between the teeth of the upper and lower dental arches, also called malocclusion. If left untreated, TMJ disorders and can damage your teeth, the supporting bones and gums around your teeth, temporomandibular joints, and the jaw muscles you use for chewing. Many people dismiss excessive or abnormally accelerated tooth wear as natural aging or wearing of teeth, however, prosthodontic treatment can alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by occlusal disease.

Veneers

Veneers are thin, custom-made shells made from tooth-colored materials, such as porcelain, designed to cover the front side of your teeth. Veneers are natural in appearance and a great option for patients who want to make adjustments to the look and feel of their smile.

"I would do it all over again!"

Professional, caring, quality, friendly and fun. Those are the words that come to mind when I think of Creo Dentistry and their staff. The Care I have been given is great and the outcome of what we had done with my teeth and my husband's brings us compliments often. But more importantly is the care that has been given to my elderly mother and my brother who is disabled with MS and in a wheelchair.

In a recent visit for my brother, having anticipated his needs, the staff had the x-ray area all set to accommodate his wheelchair so my brother did not have to be transferred unnecessarily. They remembered it was his birthday and gave him big smiles and birthday wishes. He received awesome care and loved his visit and his shiny clean teeth. My elderly mother has received the utmost care and respect as well. I am forever grateful for the treatment my family and I have received. I recommend Creo Dentistry and their team to anyone for comprehensive, excellent service.

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Karen Anderson, Marysville

"I would do it all over again!"

Last summer I had a problem with a tooth. I went to see Creo Dentistry and they told me what my options were. I decided my best one was a dental implant. I expected it to be a painful procedure, however I didn't experience any pain during the procedure nor anytime afterwards. I feel Dr. Hwang is an outstanding dentist and Marysville is very fortunate to have him. I'm really pleased with my front tooth implant and no one can tell which tooth is my implant!

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Sylvia Stevens, Marysville

"I would do it all over again!"

A co-worker recommended Creo Dentistry; He'd been going to them for years. I am glad I took his recommendation. I talked to Dr.Hwang about an implant; he described options and what his methods are. He is very skilled and keeps up with the latest procedures and tools. I appreciate Dr. Hwang's professionalism and care. If you want your dental work done right, go to Creo Dentistry!

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Jeff, Marysville

"I would do it all over again!"

Just a quick note to let you know about my new dentist. I was driving down Grand River one day and saw his sign which included the word "implants" so I decided to give him a try. I have had several visits now and each time Dr. Thomas and his staff have commented on what an excellent job you did on my implants! The last time I was there, Dr. Thomas stated "that in all his 30 years as a dentist and all the training and teaching about implants, he has never seen any that looked as great as mine". SOoooooooooooooooo… I thought you should hear about it.

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Norma Smith, Grand River, Michigan

"I would do it all over again!"

What a wonderful gift to give someone when you let them know they have options. Before I visited Creo Dentistry, I had never been told I had options on how to correct my dental problems.

For years I wore an appliance called a bite plate. Every few years it had to be replaced because of wear and the fact that it became loose due to taking it in and out every night. It would also pop up whenever I ate certain foods, and I had given up the thought of ever chewing gum. It was not worth the embarrassment of having my bite plate stick to the gum and become loose in my mouth. Now I can eat anything and even chew bubble gum. What a miracle to have “normal” teeth and to smile with unrestrained joy! My new smile muscles are becoming stronger and stronger each day.

Dr. Hwang, many thanks to you and all your wonderful staff who have made my transition such a great experience. Thanks so much!

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Susann Woods, Marysville

"I would do it all over again!"

After many visits to area dentists I have finally found the best for my care. I am an extreme dental phobic avoiding regular dental care because of this. Creo Dentistry and staff are professional and very caring to their patients. The most important thing for me was that Dr. Hwang offered oral sedation. All it took was one tablet, 1 hour prior to my procedures and I was totally relaxed and unafraid. I was awake in time to leave the office with my husband. Because of his gentle care I would not hesitate to return for future care. For all you fraidy cats like myself, there is hope for your dental care. Call Creo Dentistry’s office for an appointment with no fear. And my teeth look great now!

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Elizabeth Seitz, Marysville

"I would do it all over again!"

My Mom first came to Creo Dentistry in January of this year due to the discomfort caused by decay of her lower teeth. Our family was very concerned about the procedure because she had suffered a severe stroke and was taking Plavix and other medications. She had to have the remainder of her bottom teeth pulled and the staff was wonderful about walking us through the procedure and the options for replacement. My mom did very well through the whole procedure and on more than one occasion she talked about how nice Dr. Hwang and the staff are. Creo Dentistry are so caring and show great professionalism. My mom’s implants look fabulous (a true work of art), and I loved seeing the joy and pride they take in their work. I can never thank Dr. Hwang enough for what he did for my mom. He and his staff truly changed her quality of life.

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Betty Soden

"I would do it all over again!"

Creo Dentistry performed my first tooth implant surgery. Dr. Hwang and the entire staff were very thorough in explaining all the details beforehand so that I felt completely comfortable going in for the surgery. I was pleased at how smoothly the whole process went, and I’m very happy with my new tooth. It seems so much like my real teeth that I don’t even think about it anymore. Thank you Creo Dentistry!

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Peggy, Marysville

"I would do it all over again!"

I have always had a fear of going to the dentist. During this last year I had treatment, including an implant procedure. My experience of going to the dentist has been very positive, as the final results have been wonderful. Dr. Hwang and his entire staff have been very professional, yet caring and compassionate. I am no longer afraid of going to the dentist.

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Sandy Horn, Camano Island

"I would do it all over again!"

When I moved to Washington from Oregon in 2000, I was concerned about finding a new dentist for my family. I asked at my new Job at the American Cancer Society if anyone had a great dentist for my kids. Luckily, someone recommended Creo Dentistry and they took care of my kids and me with diligent attention to prevention and repair. As I age he has moved along to installing implants as needed and additional prevention advice for aging teeth. I am grateful for the staff person that has long left my work for the secret of my dentist. My implant you see was in the front of my mouth and very important for it to appear natural. His staff’s conscientious attention to working around a busy family and work schedule has been a blessing. Letting me email in my appointments and texting to remind me of them. So, as I pass along resources to cancer patients in my job, I am sharing my dentist resource to you! I can’t help it I love to help people....hmm must be why I was drawn to Creo Dentistry. Still smiling with my implanted front tooth!

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Jerri Wood, Snohomish County

"I would do it all over again!"

It might have been 30 years ago I walked into Creo Dentistry in Marysville needing a dentist to look after my teeth. None of my grandparents kept their teeth into their old age, so I needed preventive as well as reconstructive care. Thru office cleanings and instructional home care, cavities were minimized. With a rigorous periodontal program, gum levels are still acceptable. When cavities did invade under crowns and 2 teeth could not be saved, implants were the answer; bulletproof mechanical teeth permanently mounted on pegs fused into the jaw bone. The implants were accomplished with no pain and no regrets. Dr. Hwang has a staff of personable professional dental folk that let you feel comfortable with each office visit. Best of all, I have my teeth!

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Dan Erlendson, Stanwood