When Are Crowns and Bridgework Needed?
Crowns and bridgework are two very common dental procedures which can help many people in various situations. Find out more about crowns and bridges with Dr. Ali Fatemi at Fatemi Family Dental Care with locations in Lexington Park and Gaithersburg, MD.
When are crowns or bridgework needed?
- Crowns: This versatile dental restoration is helpful in various situations. Dentists often use crowns after a root canal to stabilize the large filling left behind in the tooth. While the filling material is strong and durable, a dental crown is an added layer of protection to the tooth’s natural structure. Crowns can also fall under the cosmetic facet of dentistry, improving the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth to better fit into your smile. In situations where a tooth is worn or damaged, a dental crown can restore its biting surface, improving the efficiency of eating and chewing.
- Bridgework: A dental bridge can replace a missing tooth by “bridging” the gap between the two healthy teeth on either side. Bridgework can be either removable or permanent, depending on your preference and your situation. Removable bridges use metal clasps on either side of a prosthetic tooth to hold the bridgework in place. A permanent bridge uses dental crowns on either side, anchoring onto the healthy teeth and remaining permanently in the mouth. Unlike other tooth replacement options like dental implants, bridges lie above the gumline and rest on its surface.
Crowns and Bridgework in Lexington Park and Gaithersburg
Crowns and bridges can benefit patients in many situations. However, your dentist is your best source of information on these restorations and whether they are right for you and your teeth. In some situations, other treatments may better suit your needs.
For more information on crowns and bridges in the Lexington Park and Gaithersburg, MD areas, please contact Dr. Fatemi at Fatemi Family Dental Care. Call (301) 737-4747 to schedule an appointment in Lexington Park, MD and (301) 740-2686 to schedule an appointment in Gaithersburg, MD today!