Many men and women have dental crowns or bridges. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 15 million people in the United States have crowns put in place of missing teeth. Drs. Mahvash Zulfaghary and Zehra Asad at Allure Dental Care of Maple Lawn are highly trained professionals that can explain your options for crowns or bridges. Allure Dental Care of Maple Lawn is conveniently located in Fulton, Maryland. If you are concerned about missing or broken teeth or need a crown or bridge repaired, call the office or make an appointment online.
A dental crown, or cap, is an artificial tooth that fits over an existing tooth that is decayed or damaged. It's shaped to look like the natural tooth and can strengthen the tooth and restore its appearance.
A bridge is a device that anchors one or more crowns within the space where you are missing teeth. The device is fixed to the remaining teeth on either side of the gap, like a real bridge.
Your dentist may recommend a cap for many reasons; it can cover and protect a dental implant, or a worn, weak, or decayed tooth. A bridge prevents your existing teeth from shifting into the gap where teeth are missing, which can cause serious complications.
Dental crowns and bridges can restore your ability to chew and speak, the shape of your cheeks and jawline, and the beauty of your smile.
Dental crowns and bridges can be constructed from many materials, including:
Different materials are used for different purposes. For example, stainless steel is the most common material for temporary crowns. Metal alloy is strong enough to endure the force of biting and chewing, so it’s frequently used in the back of the mouth, while all-ceramic crowns are the best choice for patients who have metal sensitivities.
Because the experts at Allure Dental Care of Maple Lawn use an advanced laboratory to fabricate your device, a minimum of two visits are required. At the first appointment, you'll have X-rays taken, and your provider will administer anesthesia, so you’ll be comfortable and relaxed during the procedure.
For crowns, your dentist will first prepare your existing tooth to receive the cap. Next, your dentist makes an impression for the lab to use to construct your crown. Your dentist will cover your tooth with a temporary crown until your next appointment.
For bridges, first the anchor teeth are prepared to receive the device, then the impression is taken, and you’ll go home with a temporary bridge.
At your second appointment, your dentist will install your permanent bridge or crown.
To learn more, contact the office or make an appointment online.