Crowns And Bridges

Dental Town DC

Cosmetic Dentists & General Dentists located in Washington, DC

If you need to replace a missing tooth or restore a tooth that’s damaged or decayed, crowns and bridges are for you. At Dental Town DC in Washington, DC, Samira Shenasi, DDS, and the team of dedicated professionals provide their patients with high-quality crowns and bridges that restore the health and appearance of their smiles. For more information, call Dental Town DC today or book a visit using the convenient online tool.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What are crowns and bridges?

Crowns and bridges are fixed dental prosthetics that Dr. Shenasi uses to restore your smile if you’re missing a tooth or have a tooth that’s damaged, decayed, or unsightly.

A crown is an artificial tooth cap that Dr. Shenasi bonds to an existing root structure, like a tooth or dental implant. It feels and functions just like a natural tooth and covers up all of your tooth above the gum line. 

A bridge is an artificial tooth (or pontic) that’s attached to crowns on either side. Dr. Shenasi seals those crowns to the teeth next to your missing tooth (your abutment teeth) where they help the fake tooth bridge the empty space between your teeth. 

Some patients’ teeth can’t support crowns, in which case Dr. Shenasi can fit you with an alternative bridge, like a cantilever bridge or Maryland bonded bridge.

What functions does a crown serve?

Crowns serve a few different functions depending on your dental needs. Dr. Shenasi might recommend getting a crown in order to:

  • Strengthen a tooth with severe damage or decay
  • Replace an unsightly tooth, such as one that’s discolored or misshapen
  • Protect a compromised tooth from further damage (like after a root canal)

Crowns can make your smile whole again, and they can also improve your ability to properly chew and speak.

What are the benefits of replacing my tooth with a bridge?

A bridge fills in the unsightly hole in your smile where you’re missing a tooth or teeth. In addition to the cosmetic improvements that this gives your smile, bridges also improve your overall oral health.

By filling in the empty space in your smile, a bridge prevents your remaining teeth from shifting out of alignment, as they would otherwise drift toward the hole where you were missing a tooth. 

Bridges also help evenly distribute the force in your bite, which makes it easier for you to chew and speak properly in addition to protecting certain areas of your smile from premature wear-and-tear.

How do I care for my crown or bridge?

The beauty of a crown or bridge is they don’t require any sort of special care. Simply brush twice daily, floss every day, and maintain regular cleanings and checkups with Dr. Shenasi and the team at Dental Town DC and your crown or bridge should last for a very long time.

Your crown or bridge is only a few appointments away. Call the office or book a visit online today.