Crown & Bridge: Which Option Is Best For You?

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  • Replace missing teeth
  • Strengthen damaged or fractured teeth
  • Prevent jawbone loss
  • Restore your ability to eat many of your favorite foods
  • Improve your smile confidence and speech clarity.

While natural teeth will always offer the very best function and smile aesthetics, at Smile Studio Dentistry of Baltimore, we know that crowns and bridges can restore damaged and missing teeth, rejuvenating a smile that would otherwise be dimmed by dental decay and/or tooth loss.

As your dentist in Baltimore, we often use dental crowns and bridges to prevent damage, extensive and expensive dental work, and tooth loss.

What is a dental crown?

Otherwise known as a cap, a crown can be made of porcelain, stainless steel, or gold. They last for upwards of 10 years when taken care of with diligent at-home care.

We’re pleased to offer CEREC technology that creates dental crowns in one day, meaning they aren’t crafted by an outside lab. Once your crown has been produced, we will ensure that it feels, looks and functions just as your natural teeth do.

What is CEREC technology?

Part of our commitment to providing you excellent dental care is offering treatments that fit into your busy schedule. CEREC helps us do this by using digital technology to create a 3D image of your tooth before milling a porcelain block into a beautiful and effective restoration. Along with a quick crown turnaround, some additional benefits to consider:

  • You’ll need less visits and less time away from work for treatment.
  • Impressions aren’t necessary (no trays!).
  • Temporary crown restorations won’t be needed.

This restorative tooth reconstruction typically required two or three appointments in the past. With CEREC, the whole procedure is finished in just one day!

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge fills the space created by one or more missing teeth. Using both dental crowns and prosthetic teeth, the device rejuvenates your smile and equally distributes the chewing workload.

There are various types of bridges available, and we’ll discuss the options that will offer your ideal smile solution.

What type of care do crowns and bridges require?

Though dental crowns and bridges cover the majority of the surface of a tooth, the areas you can’t see are the great cause for concern. Where your natural tooth and the crown intersect is known as the margin, and it’s here, on a small ridge, that bacteria and plaque are known to collect. And because radiographs aren’t able to see through a crown, should the slightest bit of decay take root under your crown, it can lead to further dental problems.

Of equal importance is the need to eradicate plaque that may develop between your gums and prosthetic teeth, which can lead to bad breath and inflammation. This can be accomplished easily with floss designed for bridge cleaning, as well as irrigation devices.

Is a crown or bridge right for you?

Among the most common restorations we place, millions of North Americans know that these smile rejuvenators improve the look and function of your smile. And because they’re so natural-looking and unnoticeable, you can feel comfortable knowing your restoration will look great, fit well, and help you get back to eating the foods you love.

At Smile Studio Dentistry of Baltimore, we’re here to help! Call us at (410) 469-7407 with any questions you have, or to schedule a consultation.

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With incredible efficiency and beautiful esthetics, all of your 32 natural teeth are designed to help you chew and smile with incredible efficiency and confidence. At Smile Studio Dentistry of Baltimore, we’re thrilled that crowns and bridges were invented so that we can fully restore damaged and missing teeth to their maximum beauty and performance.