Crowns and Bridges

Dental crowns and dental bridges are dental prosthesis used to restore decayed, damaged, or missing teeth. Dental crowns, or caps, are cemented on the top of your natural tooth surface, while dental bridges are made up of both dental crowns and a pontic, or fake tooth. Bridges are placed by anchoring dental crowns on either side of the gap left by the missing tooth. These crowns are attached to a pontic that sits in the empty space. Dental crowns and dental bridges are both capable of restoring a tooth’s function and appearance.  

Did You Know?

Dental crowns are usually hollow pieces of ceramic, however they can also be made from metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and zirconia. Depending on the type of crown and how much wear and tear it is exposed to, dental crowns have an average lifespan of about 5-15 years.  

Frequently Asked Questions:

Am I candidate for a dental crown or bridge?

You may be a candidate for a dental crown if you have a decayed or damaged tooth that is otherwise intact. You may also be a candidate for a dental crown if you are in need of, or have had, a root canal. You may be a candidate for a dental bridge if you have a missing tooth surrounded by intact teeth. To find out if you are a candidate for  a dental crown or bridge, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists at Glen Park Family Dentistry today!  

What should I expect when having a dental crown or bridge placed at Glen Park Family Dentistry?

When having a dental crown or bridge placed at Glen Park Family Dentistry, you can first expect to have dental x-rays to evaluate the tooth receiving the crown, as well as the surrounding bone. If decay has reached the tooth’s pulp, then a root canal may be required before the dental crown can be placed. To prepare your tooth for the placement of a dental crown, our dentists will first numb your tooth with a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable. Then, they will grind down the top and sides of your tooth to make room for the crown. If your tooth is severely decayed, parts of it may need to also be built up to support the crown. When receiving a dental bridge, both teeth on either side of the missing tooth will need to be prepared. Once your tooth has been properly prepared, a dental impression will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory. The dental lab will custom fabricate your permanent crown or bridge. In the meantime, you will be fit with a temporary crown. When your dental crown or bridge arrives from the dental lab, you will return to Glen Park Family Dentistry so that our dentists can properly fit and cement your permanent dental crown or bridge.  

What post-treatment care guidelines will I have to follow after having a crown or bridge placed?

After having a dental crown or bridge placed, you may experience a brief period of tooth sensitivity while your teeth adjust. You may also notice some gum soreness. Both the sensitivity and the soreness can be managed with over the counter pain medications and will dissipate within a few days. To properly maintain your dental crown or bridge, you will simply need to continue practicing good oral habits. These consist of brushing twice a day for two minutes with fluoridated toothpaste, flossing once a day, and visiting Glen Park Family Dentistry once every six months for your dental checkup and professional teeth cleaning.   For a full-range of high-quality dental care, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists at Glen Park Family Dentistry today! Glen Park Family Dentistry proudly serves Glen Burnie, MD and the surrounding communities.
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