Crowns And Bridges Specialist

Dlight Dental

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Washington, DC & Rockville, MD

Crowns and bridges replace or restore teeth in a natural looking way. At Dlight Dental, with locations in Washington, DC, and Rockville, Maryland, the team of digital dentistry experts uses advanced dental imaging techniques to make restorative crowns and bridges. Request your appointment online or call the office to arrange your consultation.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What are crowns?

Crowns are porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-gold restorations that fit over a damaged tooth. 

For tooth decay affecting a small amount of the tooth's chewing surface, you can often get composite resin fillings to restore it. For more widespread damage affecting more than half of the chewing surface, inlays and onlays can be a good solution. 

But, with severe tooth decay or in cases of tooth weakening following a root canal, crowns can be your best bet for tooth preservation. A crown fits over your prepared tooth to protect it while also restoring its appearance and function. 

What are bridges?

Bridges replace lost teeth. A bridge usually consists of two crowns with a pontic (replacement tooth) between them. The crowns fit over the healthy teeth on each side of the gap, allowing the replacement tooth to bridge the empty space. 

What are the advantages of crowns and bridges?

Crowns and bridges offer several benefits, including:

  • Restoring a tooth instead of losing it 
  • Improving the appearance of a tooth
  • Replacing missing teeth
  • Maintaining the position of adjacent teeth
  • Resolving chewing problems
  • Maintaining facial appearance

Crowns and bridges are also less costly than dental implants and may require less of a time investment.

What is the crowns and bridges process?

At Dlight Dental, the team first prepares the teeth to hold crowns. That involves a minimal amount of enamel and dentin removal. They use state-of-the-art digital imaging, such as an intraoral scanner, to gather a 3-D image of your mouth. The team uses this precise image to design a crown or bridge that fits and functions just like your healthy tooth did previously.

You'll get a temporary plastic or metal crown to wear home. At your next appointment, the team attaches your new crown or bridge. They can make any small changes to ensure a good fit at that time.

How long do crowns and bridges last?

Crowns and bridges are long-lasting dental restorations. In most cases, crowns last for 20-30 years. With proper attention to oral hygiene, you can expect bridges to last just as long. 

Dlight Dental uses the latest crowns and bridges technology to give you beautiful and functional results. Call the office or click the online scheduling tool to request your appointment.