Crowns & Bridges in Gaithersburg
Crowns and bridges are similar restorations that perform two different jobs.
Crowns – Dental crowns repair and protect damaged teeth.
Bridges – Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth.
At Lakeforest Dental Associates, we take great pride in creating dental restorations that look great and provide comfort. We use the highest quality dental materials and work closely with a skilled dental lab to make sure your dental crown or bridge fits comfortably and reliably protects your teeth.
Treatment with a Dental Crown
If you have ever suffered from a broken tooth, you know uncomfortable it can be.
Sharp edges and sensitivity are common with a broken tooth. For some small cracks or fractures, we may be able to use a tooth-colored filling to make repairs, but for significant structural damage, especially on molars, we may recommend a dental crown.
A dental crown, unlike a filling, actually completely covers your tooth. It will provide protection by absorbing force as you chew.
Other instances when we may recommend a dental crown:
- Deep decay
- After root canal treatment
- Fractures from clenching or grinding
- Broken cusps or portions of your tooth
- To rebuild a worn bite
Dental Crown Procedure
We will always make sure you feel comfortable for your appointment. Our dentists, Dr. Neil Daftary and Dr. Robert Zaner, both believe in providing comfortable, gentle dentistry for all patients. Next, they will remove any damaged tooth structure and prepare your tooth to receive a dental crown. We will place a temporary crown to seal your tooth while our dental lab creates your permanent restoration.
Dental crowns come in porcelain and metal blends, metal, and all-porcelain materials.
When we receive your permanent crown, we will place it permanently on your tooth and adjust it to ensure a comfortable fit.
Dental Bridges to Complete Your Smile
At our Gaithersburg, MD dental office, we do our best to save your natural teeth, whenever possible. Sometimes, however, the best choice for your health is to remove a troubled tooth. When that happens, we will be ready with options to complete your smile. Dental bridges have completed smiles for decades and give our patients confidence in their appearance.
A dental bridge uses two dental crowns to hold an artificial tooth in place. We create your dental bridge to match your natural teeth, so that your smile looks nice.
Dental bridges provide additional benefits:
- Fills the gap in your smile
- Keeps your teeth from shifting
- Completes your chewing surface
Contact Us to Schedule a Dental Exam
If you have a broken or missing tooth, we can help. Call our Gaithersburg, MD dental office to schedule an exam with one of our experienced and friendly dentists. We can make your smile comfortable again.