Learn More About Our Dental Crowns & Dental Bridges Services
The professional dental team at Dr. Batz & Weiner Family Dentistry has been finding solutions to our patients’ dental issues for years. From cosmetic dentistry procedures to routine cleanings and exams, we find solutions to save your smile in our Laurel, MD office. When it comes to repairing damaged teeth, dental crowns and bridges are both options we consider depending on your needs. Crowns and bridges are prosthetic devices that are fixed onto teeth or implants. Most are permanent solutions to dental issues, but they can also be used as a temporary fix between procedures. Crowns are used to repair damaged teeth that don’t quite require removal, and dental bridges, on the other hand, are used to anchor a prosthetic implant to the two healthy teeth surrounding it. By grounding the implant to two healthy teeth, you’re able to maintain a natural-looking smile. Call us today!
What is a Dental Crown?
A tooth crown that’s cemented to an existing tooth is used to either “cap” a damaged tooth or cover it entirely. If a crown is placed on top of an implant, it is generally for functional reasons so it can perform like a natural tooth. We rely on our teeth to speak properly and chew effectively; a tooth crown can help improve your mouth’s function overnight. There are many different materials that crowns are made from, but you’ll find that most permanent crowns are made from stainless steel, metal, porcelain, resin, or ceramic. Your dentist will be happy to discuss the differences between the materials and why one may be better for your tooth crown procedure. There are several reasons crowns are used:
- To keep a weak tooth from cracking or chipping further as time goes on.
- To fix a tooth that has already fractured or to prevent a tooth from wearing down significantly.
- To hold a bridge in the proper place.
- To cover a dental implant so it can function like a natural tooth.
- For aesthetic reasons, such as covering a discolored or misshapen tooth.
- To cover a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy.
What is a Dental Bridge?
Having dental bridge work done is a relatively simple procedure. Crowns and bridges work in conjunction with one another to fill in the space left by a missing or removed tooth. Instead of covering a damaged tooth like a crown, a bridge takes the place of a damaged tooth that had to be removed. After extraction, a false tooth made from metal, alloys, or porcelain is implanted in the space. A crown is placed over each of the two teeth surrounding the false tooth or implant, which is then “bridged” by the dental bridge. It’s added for extra security and function, literally creating a bridge over your natural teeth and the false tooth or implant. Dental bridge procedures generally occur over a few office visits depending on your specific situation. Our dental team is highly skilled in providing crown and bridge services for your entire family. A tooth bridge has many functions, which depend on each person’s particular situation:
- To maintain a healthy-looking smile.
- To make chewing and speaking easier.
- To prevent increased wear and tear on remaining healthy teeth.
Call Us Today for Dental Crown & Bridge Services
The dental experts at Dr. Batz & Weiner Family Dental have years of experience in dental crowns and dental bridge procedures. Whether you need extensive dental work done or have a simple fix, we will give you peace of mind and find a solution for any dental issue or concern you might have at our Laurel, MD office. Reach out to us directly if you have questions about our dental crowns and dental bridges services or want to schedule an appointment!