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Refill Your Smile With Crown Or Bridge

  • June 9, 2016
  • You were looking through some photos on social media the other day when you couldn’t help noticing that something was missing.

    You can’t see your teeth in any of your recent photos. There’s a reason for that. You’ve become embarrassed by your smile.

    Maybe you chipped a tooth. Maybe you have tooth decay. Maybe you have an empty space where one or more of your teeth should be.

    Whatever the reason, you wish your smile could look whole once again. If you live in or near Hagerstown, MD, you are close to a dentist office that can help. Gilbart Dental Care offers dental crowns and bridges at each of our three locations (Hagerstown, Frederick, and Ellicott City).

    Keep reading to learn more about these restorative dental services.

    What Is A Dental Crown?

    Dental crowns are used to repair that natural crown of your teeth. You may need a dental crown for a number of reasons, which we will discuss below.

    Accidents and injuries cause millions of people to chip or break their teeth every year. Biting down on a piece of hard candy that was harder than you expected can leave your tooth paying the price. A game of catch can have bad consequences if you take your eye off the ball at the wrong time, too.

    Cavities are another reason that you may need a dental crown. If you get the tooth decay treated early, then you may only need a filling. For larger cavities, however, a dental crown will be in order.

    If you have an infected tooth and need a root canal treatment, we may use a dental crown to seal and restore the appearance of your tooth when we are finished.

    You also may want a dental crown for cosmetic reasons. It’s possible for a single tooth to become discolored, and a dental crown can be used to revive the whiteness of that tooth.

    Dental crowns can be used to change misshapen teeth, too, so they look more similar to the teeth around them.

    To get a crown, we start by reshaping the problem tooth. This may mean removing the parts that were damaged, decayed, or discolored. The healthy parts of your tooth will be formed into an abutment, which is where the dental crown will be bonded in place. You may need to wear a temporary crown while your permanent crown is made.

    Once it’s ready, the dental crown will be bonded in place. Your smile will look complete, and you will have the full function of your tooth again.

    What Is A Dental Bridge?

    If you lose a tooth or a few teeth, then a dental crown by itself isn’t going to resolve your problem. If you put a few crowns together, however, then you can form a dental bridge.

    Dental bridges are made to span the gaps in your smile, much as bridges used for transportation span gaps over rivers and gorges.

    The size of the dental bridge will depend on the number of teeth that need to be replaced. A traditional bridge will have two more crowns than the number of teeth that need to be replaced. A bridge for a single-tooth replacement would include three crowns. A bridge to replace two teeth would have four crowns, etc.

    Each bridge contains two kinds of crowns. The crowns on the end are called abutment crowns. These serve as the anchor points that hold the dental bridge in place.

    The crowns in the middle are called pontics. These fill in the spaces where your missing teeth used to be.

    To get a dental bridge, we start by reshaping the teeth adjacent to the gap in your smile. This is the same process we use to reshape teeth for dental crowns.

    When your dental bridge is ready, we bond the abutment crowns to your teeth. This provides stability for your bridge.

    Your bridge will be made to blend in with the rest of your smile so it will look natural to other people. Your bridge also restores the function of your teeth so you can continue eating the foods that you love.

    Get Your Smile Back

    The next time someone asks you to pose for a picture, give them a big toothy grin. You can do that with a dental crown or dental bridge.

    To learn more, you can contact our dentists by calling 240-347-0910 for our Hagerstown office, 240-513-7523 for Frederick, or 240-347-0614 for Ellicott City. You also can use our online form to make an appointment at any Gilbart Dental Care location.

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