At Premier Dental Care, we provide dental crowns and bridges for patients throughout the 20012 area. Both procedures are extremely effective for restoring a tooth that has become infected, damaged, or has fallen out, and Dr. Hines’ results look natural while resolving oral health issues. Dental crowns and bridges help patients regain functionality of their teeth without looking like dental work was ever completed. If you live in Washington, DC, call (202) 723-2400 to learn more about dental crowns and dental bridges.

What are dental crowns?

A dental crown is a cap that surrounds the tooth. It’s typically used to restore a tooth that has been damaged, but a crown can also be used cosmetically to improve the appearance of a smile. A crown can be made from three different materials: all-metal, ceramic-on-metal, and all-ceramic, and its location determines which one is best. (Front teeth, for example, should have an all-ceramic crown since it looks the most natural.) Some patients also opt to use ceramic-on-metal crowns since they look natural but have the durability that only metal can provide.

What are dental bridges?

A dental bridge is a way to replace a missing tooth. At Premier Dental Care, we provide clients with dental bridges if they want to replace a tooth without wearing dentures or undergoing surgery. The new tooth, which is made out of a ceramic or porcelain material to match the surrounding teeth, is held in place by two crowns. As an experienced cosmetic dentist, Dr. Hines makes sure that the new tooth looks and feels amazing. This is a popular option for patients throughout the 20012 area.

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Before the Procedure

If you are getting dental crowns or a dental bridge for cosmetic reasons, we recommend that you whiten your natural teeth first, because the material that crowns and bridges are made out of are both stain and bleach-resistant. That means that if it is created to match yellow teeth, it will remain yellow even if you have your teeth whitened at a later date. When you have the whitening done first, your new crown or bridge will be made to match your new brilliantly white teeth. At Premier Dental Care, we offer teeth whitening procedures that can improve the appearance of your smile quickly and easily.

When preparing for the procedure, we recommend taking a day off of work — a few days if possible. It is normal for teeth to be somewhat sensitive after a dental crown or bridge procedure, and recovery is easier if you don’t have to worry about meeting clients and keeping up with your busy schedule.

The Process

The procedures for dental crowns and dental bridges are fairly similar. Before getting started, an impression is taken of the teeth so that the new crown or bridge can be created in a dental lab. To prepare the tooth for a crown, Dr. Hines starts by removing a portion of the enamel. This creates room for the new crown to fit around the tooth without pushing other teeth out of place. Once this is done, the tooth is cleaned and a temporary crown is secured to it using removable glue. Patients typically wear a temporary crown for around two weeks while waiting for a permanent one to be created in the lab. During this time, it is important to be careful with what you eat and how you brush your teeth since the temporary is designed to come off.

When the dental crowns or dental bridges are ready, patients come back so that the temporaries can be removed and the permanent ones bonded to the tooth. When getting a crown, the cap is secured around the tooth and once bonded in place. With a bridge, a crown is placed on the two teeth that are surrounding the missing one. These two crowns, as well as a piece that looks like the natural gum line, serve as anchors for this synthetic “bridge” and make a new tooth as durable as it can be. Patients depend on this procedure as a way to replace missing teeth in a way that both restores the functionality of the missing tooth and looks natural.

After the Procedure

After the first preparation procedure for receiving a dental crown or dental bridge, your teeth will be somewhat sensitive. This is why you need to wear a temporary crown while waiting for a permanent one to be created. We use sedation dentistry to ensure that you won’t experience any discomfort during the procedure and after the fact you simply need to take some oral pain medication for a couple of days until you feel better.

The benefit of wearing a crown is that regardless of how damaged the tooth was, you can eat your favorite foods without fear of discomfort. A crown can restore the functionality of your mouth by making it easy to eat, drink and speak like normal and is ideal for people who are suffering from severely sensitive teeth, have a cracked or chipped tooth, or have undergone a root canal. Similarly, a bridge makes it possible to eat and speak like normal without worrying about your new tooth becoming loose or falling out. Both solutions are recommended for people who have active lifestyles and don’t want to be constrained by issues with their teeth. To find out if the procedure is right for you, call (202) 723-2400 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hines and discuss your options. At Premier Dental Care, we make it easier for patients throughout Washington to have a beautiful and functional smile.

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