Whether you need to protect your existing teeth or find suitable replacements for missing teeth, crowns and bridges are two of the most effective tools in restorative dentistry. Dr. Daniel Park at Daniel Park, DMD, PA, routinely turns to crowns and bridges to help his patients in Crofton, Maryland, smile again with confidence, knowing their teeth are protected. If you’d like to explore how crowns and bridges can help you, call or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.
There’s much more to your teeth than what you see above your gum line, and the role of crowns is to protect these internal structures, namely the roots of your teeth. To do this, Dr. Park caps your tooth with a crown, which is usually made from porcelain, a tough material that mimics the natural color of your teeth.
There are many situations when a crown proves useful, including:
While the crown performs these protective tasks extremely well, it’s also a great cosmetic solution, allowing you to smile with confidence.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, Dr. Park often turns to a dental bridge to fill in the gap. A bridge is outfitted with pontics, which are ceramic or porcelain replacement teeth, that preserve your line of teeth, allowing you to chew and speak with ease. Dr. Park attaches the bridge to healthy surrounding teeth or implants, depending upon your unique situation.
Once Dr. Park prepares your teeth for a crown or bridge, he takes impressions so that your new “teeth” will fit in perfectly with your existing teeth. He sends these impressions off to a lab for custom manufacturing, and when your crown or bridge is done, you return to Dr. Park’s office. Dr. Park then bonds your crown or bridge into place, making any necessary adjustments to ensure a seamless fit.
Crowns and bridges are made from durable materials that can last more than 20 years, but much of this depends upon the care you provide these replacement teeth, as well as your surrounding teeth.
If you keep up with your daily cleaning and your regular appointments with Dr. Park, you should be able to preserve your crown or bridge for years to come.
That said, there may come a time when these devices wear down. Simply return to Dr. Park for a replacement crown or bridge.
If you could benefit from a crown or bridge, call Daniel Park, DMD, PA, or use the online booking feature to set up an appointment.