Dental Crowns and Bridges

Baltimore MD Dentist

Dental Crowns

Over time, our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks or discoloration. Crowns are used to renew the appearance and function of a tooth. Crowns are not limited to just replacing the original tooth, but can be designed to create an even better aesthetic appearance.

Other reasons for needing a dental crown include:

  • Protecting a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
  • Covering and supporting a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left
  • Covering severely discolored teeth
  • Restoring an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down

Also, they are often used in conjunction with root canal therapy, dental implants or as an anchor for a bridge.
Crowns are typically made from porcelain in order to maintain strength and a natural appearance.

The process of placing a crown may take 1-2 office visits.

The procedure of receiving a crown is as follows:

First Visit

X-rays will be taken to check the roots of the tooth receiving the crown. If the tooth has extensive decay or there is a risk of infection, a root canal treatment may be performed first.

Anesthesia is used to numb the area to eliminate pain. The tooth that is receiving the crown will be filed down to make room for the crown.

Our dentist will make an impression of the tooth using paste or putty. These impressions are sent to the lab where the crown will be manufactured.

A temporary crown is placed to cover and protect the prepared tooth while the crown is being made.

Second Visit

Once your permanent crown arrives, your temporary crown will be removed and your permanent crown will be placed over your tooth to ensure the right fit and color.  If the permanent crown is acceptable, an anesthetic will be used to number the tooth and the crown is permanently cemented in place.

Once treatment is complete, continue to practice proper at home care and keep regular office visits to help your crown last many years. Much like your original teeth, crowns require routine brushing and flossing.

For more information about dental crowns, contact our cosmetic dentist in Baltimore.

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. A tooth or teeth neighboring the missing tooth or teeth may be crowned, and used as anchoring teeth to support the replacement tooth.  It is important to replace missing teeth to avoid shifting of surrounding teeth, which may lead to a misaligned bite, TMJ and other problems.

Dental bridges are custom-made to match your natural teeth in color and overall appearance. They are made from mixtures of gold, metal, alloys or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable. With appropriate at home and professional care, your dental bridges may last for years.

If you are considering replacing a tooth, call our dental office in Baltimore to schedule a consultation. Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, if left untreated, structural changes to your mouth and jaw may occur, making it difficult to eat and speak properly.