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By MEHR TUCKER, DDS, LLC
April 01, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   dental bridges  

Crowns and bridges can do much for you and your smile. When used in conjunction with one another, crowns and dental crownsbridges can do more than just restore your smile by replacing missing teeth. When teeth are missing, several side effects can occur, such as loss of support for facial muscles. By filling in the gaps from missing teeth, crowns and bridges can address many of the concerns associated with having teeth missing, such as providing support for sagging facial muscles. Dr. Mehr Tucker is your dentist for crowns and bridges in Rockville, MD.

How Crowns and Bridges Work

Dental crowns are caps placed over weak or damaged teeth to strengthen and protect them, as well as to restore normal tooth functioning. Dental bridges contain artificial teeth, called pontics, that fill in the gaps where natural teeth are missing. Dental bridges essentially “bridge” the gaps between the remaining natural teeth.

Crowns can be used in conjunction with a dental bridge to hold it securely in place. In such cases, there is a crown on each end of the bridge with pontics in between the two crowns. The crowns fit over the natural teeth on either side of the gap to anchor the bridge in place. Once the crowns have been placed over the corresponding teeth and the bridge is in place, the pontics fill in the gap and your smile is restored.

Benefits of Crowns and Bridges

There are many benefits to filling in the gaps where teeth are missing with crowns and bridges. As mentioned, missing teeth mean there is less support for facial muscles, which can result in drooping and sagging. Using a bridge with crowns to fill in the gaps and replace missing teeth helps support the facial muscles and restore the natural shape of the face. Filling in the gaps where teeth are missing can also improve speech by correcting the placement of the tongue, which can be altered by the gaps.

Additional benefits of crowns and bridges include restoration of biting and chewing functions, as well as reducing wear and tear on the natural teeth. Without a full set of teeth, the remaining teeth must compensate for those that are missing and take on the extra work of biting and chewing food, which can result in additional strain and wear and tear on those remaining teeth. Replacing missing teeth with crowns and bridges can address these concerns. Your dentist for crowns and bridges in Rockville can determine if a bridge with crowns would work for you.

Crowns and bridges can do many things for you, not the least of which is restoring your smile. For crowns and bridges in Rockville, MD, schedule an appointment with Dr. Tucker by calling the dental office at (301) 963-8900 or email at office@sfaa.dentist.

By MEHR TUCKER, DDS, LLC
October 31, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Want to ask your Rockville family dentist about crowns and bridges?restorative dentistry

Do you have missing teeth? Are you worried about and are worried about replacing them with mismatched appliances? If so, then here's the solution! Just wait and hear what he has to say about the bridges and crowns he offers at his Rockville, MD, office.

Bridges

Bridges are custom-made oral appliances made for each patient. They will look like your natural teeth.

Here are a few types of bridges:

  • Fixed partial dentures are semi-permanent. This means your dentist will bond the bridges to already-existing teeth (natural teeth) or dental implants. The advantage of fixed partial dentures is that you can take them out and clean them on your own time.
  • Fixed dental bridges are permanent. Here are some types: conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges, and resin-bonded bridges. Only your family dentist can take out your fixed dental bridges. The advantage of your doctor removing them as oppose to you is that the bridges get a more thorough cleaning and constant checkups to ensure your dental and oral rehabilitation is going according to plan.

Crowns

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, crowns are the most common restorative procedure; crowns are meant to restore aesthetically unpleasant teeth and provide strength for weak teeth.

Crowns are used in cases such as:

  • Covering chips, cracks, and discolorations found on teeth, which may be due to injuries when playing sports or poor dental hygiene, among other reasons of course.
  • Covering a restorative procedure, like a root canal, protects and strengthens your teeth.
  • Crowns are placed over fillings that may be dislocated, which, again, adds reinforcement to your teeth and makes biting and chewing functions easier.

If you have any questions or concerns about what you need to know, just call your Rockville, MD, doctors at (301) 963-8900 or email at office@sfaa.dentist today!.