Crowns And Bridges Specialist

The Wilhelm Dental Group

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in La Plata, MD

If you have a tooth that’s damaged, unsightly, or missing entirely, replacing it with a crown or bridge can make your smile whole again. If you’re in need of a crown or bridge, schedule a visit with Eric Wilhelm, DDS, at The Wilhelm Dental Group in La Plata, Maryland. Dr. Wilhelm is an expert at restoring his patients’ smiles with high-quality crowns and bridges. Book your visit today by calling the office or scheduling online.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What is a crown?

A crown is an artificial tooth cap that’s permanently sealed to an existing root structure, like a dental implant or your natural tooth root. Once in place, a crown feels and functions just like a natural tooth. Depending on the material used, your crown can even look just like a natural tooth, too!

What do crowns do?

Crowns serve a variety of functions, like:

  • Replacing a tooth that’s misshapen, discolored, or unsightly
  • Restoring a tooth that’s suffered significant decay or damage
  • Protecting a compromised tooth from further damage

Crowns are also used in conjunction with dental implants to replace teeth that are missing entirely.

What is a bridge?

A bridge is an oral prosthetic that replaces a missing tooth. It’s made up of a fake tooth, called a “pontic,” that’s attached to crowns on either side. The crowns are fitted on to the teeth on either side of your missing tooth, effectively “bridging” the gap between your teeth.

There are alternative bridges that can restore your smile if your adjacent teeth can’t support crowns. A cantilever bridge has a crown on only one side of its pontic, while the pontic on a Maryland bonded bridge is held in place by a metal framework that’s sealed to the back of your adjacent teeth.

What are the benefits of a bridge?

By filling in the holes where you’re missing teeth, a bridge:

  • Improves the appearance of your smile
  • Makes it easier to eat and speak properly
  • Prevents your remaining teeth from falling out of alignment
  • Evenly distributes the force of your bite, keeping your jaw healthier

A bridge also maintains the shape of your face by preventing your facial muscles from atrophying and sagging in around your missing tooth.

What is the process for getting a crown or bridge?

Dr. Wilhelm first prepares your abutment teeth by shaving off some enamel. In the case of a crown, he prepares the tooth that’s to be crowned, while a bridge involves preparing the teeth on either side of your missing tooth.

Once your tooth or teeth are prepared, he takes an impression of your smile that’s sent to a lab, where your crown or bridge is designed to fit comfortably in your mouth and blend in seamlessly with your smile. You wear a temporary crown or bridge while you wait for your permanent one to come back.

You come back for a second visit when your permanent restoration is ready. Dr. Wilhelm checks that the fit and look are comfortable and pleasing, then seals it in place with dental cement, sending you out into the world with a beautifully restored smile.

For comfortable, function, and long-lasting crowns and bridges that feel just like your own natural teeth, call The Wilhelm Dental Group or book a visit online today.