By H. David Allick, DDS, PA
June 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns and Bridges  

Everyone wants a good-looking, healthy and full smile, but problems can develop over time. The teeth can become discolored from eatingCrowns and Bridges certain foods, sports injuries can cause damage and dental infections can lead to tooth loss. So sometimes you and your family dentist must take proactive steps to restore parts of your smile that aren’t as strong as they used to be. Crowns and bridges are two ways to get your teeth back to 100 percent—both are offered at White Flint Dental Associates in Rockville, MD.

Smile Restoration
Your dentist will offer you a number of options to restore weak points in your smile. Crowns and bridges are two very common restorative treatments. In fact, it's estimated that over 15 million Americans have crowns or crown-supported dental devices, and in most cases, only the patient and his or her dentist know about it. Modern crowns and bridges are designed to look very natural.

Crowns Strengthen Teeth
When a tooth has weakened over the years or the enamel has lost its luster, sometimes it just needs a new outer covering. That’s where a crown comes in—it replaces the outer layer of the tooth and protects the inner layers from future damage. The crown is custom-made by your Rockville family dentist to fit the tooth and bonds securely for up to 15 years. Crowns are usually made of porcelain, which is a durable and resilient material that can be color-matched to your smile. 

Bridges Fill in Gaps
A dental bridge is designed to cover the open space created by a missing tooth. Two crowns are positioned on either side of a false tooth in the center. The crowns keep it firmly anchored in the gap, making it easier to chew and restoring the appearance of your teeth when you smile. Unlike a partial denture, the bridge device isn’t removable (except by a dentist) so there’s no need to worry about embarrassing situations while eating or communicating with others.

Which Restoration Is Right for You?
Visit a family dentist at White Flint Dental Associates to find out if you can benefit from getting a crown or bridge. Call the Rockville, MD, office at (301) 881-6666 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. H. David Allick.