Dental crowns and bridges are prosthetic devices used to replace missing teeth. These prosthetic devices are used to fill the space of the missing tooth and prevent the shifting of the surrounding teeth.
Dental crowns and bridges can be used for cosmetic purposes or to restore chewing function. A crown is a cap that is placed over a damaged or weakened tooth to restore the size, shape, and strength. Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. The prosthetic device fills in the space and is cemented to the natural teeth on each side.
How Are Dental Crowns and Bridges Placed?
Dental crowns and bridges are custom-made restorations that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants. To place these restorations, we will first need to prepare the tooth or dental implant. We can then make impressions of your teeth, which will be used by the dental lab to create your custom restoration. Though dental crowns and bridges are very similar, there are a few key differences that set them apart.
What Are the Benefits of Crowns and Bridges?
Crowns and bridges offer a number of advantages:
A bridge or crown provides stability to your mouth, improving your ability to speak and chew. This can be especially important for people who suffer from teeth grinding or clenching, which can cause significant damage if not treated.
The crowns and bridges we offer fit over your natural teeth, filling in the gaps and restoring the appearance.
The crowns and bridges we offer are comfortable because they are custom-made to fit your mouth. When you receive a crown or bridge, it will be cemented in place. That means you don’t have to worry about it coming out. This improves your chewing and speaking, and it also enhances your comfort.
Better Biting and Chewing Function
Your teeth need each other for biting and chewing. When a tooth is lost, the teeth on either side of the gap have a tendency to shift. This can make biting and chewing more difficult. A bridge or crown covers the gap and stabilizes the teeth on either side. This helps restore the biting and chewing function.
To learn more about our dental services, call Lanham Smiles Family Dentistry at (301) 459-0914 or schedule an online appointment. You can also visit our dental office located at 9500 Annapolis Road, Suite C6, Lanham, MD 20706.