Dental Crowns & bridges in Gaithersburg

What Are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown is a protective cap that is placed over your tooth and covers it on all sides. After preparing the tooth, the crown is cemented on top and acts as a barrier between the tooth and wear and tear. 

Crowns are often used for both restorative and cosmetic purposes and different materials can be used for each purpose, including porcelain, metal, zirconia, ceramic, and porcelain-fused-to-metal materials. Crowns can be made to prioritize aesthetic appearance or strength and durability.

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Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can offer you the aesthetics of porcelain along with the strength of metal.

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How It Works: The Dental Crown Placement Process

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The Initial Consultation

Dr. Bhasin needs to assess your teeth to determine if they are suitable for dental crowns. All decay needs to be removed before we can proceed with crowns.

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preparation

A small amount of your tooth enamel will be removed and it will be filed into the most desirable shape for a dental crown to fit over top.

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impressions

We will take impressions or digital scans of your tooth and a dental lab will use these to create a custom dental crown. You’ll be given a temporary crown until your official one is ready.

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bonding

At a separate appointment, your crown will be cemented to your tooth and cured with UV light.

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What Do Dental Crowns Treat?

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Damage to teeth

Whether your teeth are damaged because you’ve ground them down from years of teeth grinding or you have chips and cracks from dental trauma, a dental crown will protect your tooth from becoming even more damaged under chewing forces. 

It can hold a broken tooth together so it doesn’t fully break apart. Dental crowns offer strength and durability to vulnerable teeth that are at a high risk of damage and tooth decay, such as a tooth that has been weakened after a root canal.

Rebuild Tooth Structure

If you are missing a large amount of tooth structure due to decay or dental trauma and require a large dental filling, this puts your tooth in a very vulnerable position. A dental crown can replace missing tooth structure so that the tooth blends in with the rest of the teeth. It can also be used to cover up imperfections like discoloration and oddly shaped or sized teeth.

Support a Restoration

Crowns are also used to support other tooth restorations like dental bridges and dental implants. They act as an anchor in a bridge to suspend the pontic tooth where their natural tooth is missing. A dental crown is attached to an implant and abutment to finish the restoration and give the appearance of a natural tooth.

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Dental bridges can cause oral health problems if they are too loose. Watch out for ill-fitting bridges.

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What Is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a restoration that fills in spaces between the teeth where a tooth has been lost. The abutment teeth (the teeth next to the gap) are prepared and received dental crowns or implants which anchor the bridge. 

These supporting teeth are connected to a pontic tooth that is suspended in the gums where the old tooth used to be. This restores the aesthetics, functionality, and structure of the teeth. A bridge is fixed in place so you don’t need to remove it and it will not shift when you eat.

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An alternative to a bridge is a partial denture, which is removable.

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How It Works: The Dental Bridge Placement Process

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The Initial Consultation

Dr. Bhasin will perform an oral exam to ensure you have no active oral health problems and that a dental bridge is the right option for you.

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preparation

Your teeth on both sides of the gap will need to be filed down and impressions are taken to create the dental bridge. A temporary bridge will be placed in the meantime.

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Placement of Bridge

Dental crowns are placed over your abutment teeth and a pontic tooth is connected in the middle. We will check the fit and look of your bridge.

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bonding

If you are pleased with the way it looks and feels, the bridge is bonded in place.

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Why Would You Need a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is used to treat tooth loss and manage the consequences of bone loss. When you lose a tooth, it becomes more difficult to chew and speak and patients suffer from insecurity in their smiles. 

Tooth loss also causes irreversible bone loss, which can cause your teeth to shift, cause orthodontic problems, and change the structure of your face, leading to premature facial sagging. By replacing missing teeth and restoring support to your mouth, you can mitigate these consequences and make daily life tasks like eating and speaking easy again.