Find out how you could benefit from crowns and bridges. Your Frederick, MD, dentists at Pearlfection Dentistry explain how these dental restorations can help your smile.
Do I need crowns or bridges?
You can benefit from crowns and bridges if you have one or more of these problems:
- Missing teeth
- Tooth discolorations caused by dental work, cancer treatment or tetracycline use
- Chips or cracks in teeth
- Broken teeth
- Fragile teeth after root canal therapy or other dental procedures
- Oddly shaped teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Short teeth
Dental issues can cause normally confident people to become self-conscious about their appearance. In addition to concerns about appearance, failing to correct problems can result in pain, bite problems, gum disease and difficulty chewing and speaking.
What are crowns and bridges?
Dental crowns, sometimes called caps, are a very effective method of treating many tooth issues because they cover teeth completely. They not only conceal cosmetic issues but also stabilize teeth in danger of breaking. Since crowns must be able to handle wear and tear without breaking, they're often made of porcelain, a tough material that looks like tooth enamel. They may also be constructed of other materials, such as ceramic or resin.
Crowns are also found in bridges used to replace missing teeth. Crowns anchor the bridge and support one or more artificial teeth.
Preparation is the key to ensuring that your new crown or bridge fits perfectly. Your dentist will prepare teeth that will receive the crowns, then make an impression of your mouth. The dental laboratory will use the impression to create a mold of your teeth, which will help them make the crowns or bridge.
Although it will take a few weeks for the lab to create the restorations, you will receive temporary crowns during the first visit. They'll be replaced with permanent versions when you return for your next appointment. Crowns and bridges are very comfortable. In fact, in a week or two, you may forget that you ever had a dental problem.
Would you like to find out if crowns or bridges are the best choice for your smile? Call your Frederick, MD, dentists, at (301) 663-5550 to schedule an appointment.