Restore Your Bite AND Your Smile
It can be tough living with damaged or missing teeth. When a tooth is damaged, chewing becomes painful. You may avoid certain foods to avoid the discomfort. Missing teeth lead to chewing on one side, which can cause muscle imbalances and headaches. And you may be self-conscious about your smile and reluctant to smile or laugh. Dental crowns and bridges can give you back your ability to eat without pain and to smile without embarrassment.
At Gilbart Dental Care, we want everyone to smile easily and to eat without discomfort. Dental crowns can make a damaged tooth both fully functional and beautiful again. Dental bridges can replace one or more missing teeth to restore your ability to eat comfortably and to smile without embarrassment or self-consciousness.
About Dental Crowns
A dental crown is a very strong and natural-looking cover for your entire tooth. By covering the tooth surface, crowns strengthen damaged teeth and protect them against further mishaps.
Dental crowns are used to restore damaged or broken teeth (including after root canals), to strengthen the tooth once a large amount of decay is removed, to make large fillings unnecessary, and sometimes just to beautify teeth. If you’ve heard someone talking about having their teeth “capped,” they were referring to dental crowns.
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, but they all have several things in common. They’re designed to be long-lasting, to protect teeth, and to blend in seamlessly with your smile.
At Gilbart Dental Care, we offer all-ceramic dental crowns that will keep your smile beautiful and natural-looking. When extra strength and durability is needed, we provide crowns that are made of porcelain fused to metal and zirconia options that are incredibly durable.
A dental bridge is often a great option to replace one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge is three or more crowns fused together. The end crowns fit over the teeth on either side of the “gap,” securely anchoring the bridge. The middle crown or crowns are solid “replacement” teeth that restore your smile and your ability to chew comfortably.
As with single dental crowns, a bridge will match your existing teeth. You can smile freely and confidently, knowing that no one will be able to tell that you have a dental bridge.
Dental Inlays and Onlays
Some teeth that have been damaged don’t need a crown for protection. In those cases, a dental inlay or onlay can restore the tooth while covering only a portion of the surface. Again, inlays and onlays are designed to restore your ability to eat while presenting a completely natural appearance.
You should think of dental crowns and bridges as permanent. However, the lifespan of any dental restoration depends in large part on how well they’re cared for. Generally, dental crowns and bridges last between 5 and 15 years, although some people have lived the rest of their lives without having to replace them. Good oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings and examinations will help your dental crown or bridge last a very long time.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Depending on your needs, there may be several options to protect damaged teeth or to replace missing teeth. Schedule a consultation with our team by contacting one of our three convenient offices.
Contact our Frederick, MD location by calling 240-513-7523. You can reach our Hagerstown, MD location at 240-347-0910. Our Ellicott City, MD location can be reached by calling 240-347-0614. You can also use our convenient online form to send us a message.