What Are Crowns and Bridges for Teeth?
Crowns and bridges are cosmetic dentistry tools to help improve the appearance of your smile. They can help prevent tooth decay and / or bone loss and restore damaged teeth. Bth dental crowns and bridges are permanent options bonded into place to look and feel just like your natural teeth.
Crowns or Bridges: Which Is Best?
It really depends, as the two are not interchangeable. A bridge is used to literally bridge the gap between teeth when one or more are missing. A crown is a cap placed on a tooth to help restore the tooth and / or simply improve a tooth’s appearance.
If a bridge is used, crowns will also be used on the surrounding teeth to hold it in place. However, crowns may be used on teeth even when a bridge is not necessary, such as after a root canal. Crowns may also be used to hold a fractured tooth together to help prevent an extraction.
Bridges and crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or a combination of the two. The placement determines what material from which your crown or bridge will be made. Porcelain is typically used on visible teeth, as it looks more natural. Metal is more durable and used on back teeth, while a combination of the two can be used for durability and natural appearance.
Where Should You Go for Crowns and Bridges in Southern Maryland?
Our cosmetic dentists, Dr. Joseph T. Luke, DDS, MS and Dr. Jonathan Luke, DDS have decades of experience placing crowns and bridges so they look natural and enhance your smile. Utilizing the latest in cosmetic dentistry tools, they make a mold of your existing teeth so that the perfect fit for your crown or bridge.
This restores functionality and comfort to your smile, in addition to an improved look. To book an appointment with one of our cosmetic dentists in Southern Maryland, contact us today at 301-475-8100 in Leonardtown or 410-326-6466 in Lusby.