Dental Crowns, Bridges and Veneers in Waldorf
A missing tooth demands restorative dentistry. You might miss one or more teeth because of dental damage and restorative dentistry may restore the aesthetics of your smile. We understand the effects of missing teeth on eating, speaking, and smiling. Hence, Lakeview Dental pc offers dental restoration to give your confidence back!
Restoration dentistry includes dental crowns (dental caps) and bridges that custom-fit your mouth and the color of your natural teeth for a naturally blended smile. Dental bridges fill in the gap of one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges are used on either side of the gap to anchor themselves such that they create a secure space for dental crowns.
Do I need Dental Crowns and Bridges?
Our experts at Lakeview Dental PC will determine if you’re a candidate to get dental crowns and bridges in Waldorf MD after examining your dental situation. Though, here are some common reasons to get crowns and bridges:
Broken or Decayed tooth: If your tooth has lost most of its strength to an accident, dental trauma or damage, it may not hold itself long enough. It may fall off or crush adverse chewing forces. Hence, requiring a restoration procedure like crowns to prevent them.
Stained or discolored Teeth: Severe fluorosis can result in tooth discoloration and an unpleasant smile that can potentially impact your natural smile and confidence. Dental crowns are the only effective solutions to work on unattractive teeth and improve their appearance.
Missing Teeth: An accident may cause you to lose one or more teeth and the best option to replace missing teeth is to undergo a dental crowns and bridges procedure.
Root canal treated Teeth: The teeth that have undergone root canal therapy become fragile and dry to such an extent that even light chewing forces can hamper their functionality. Hence, crows and bridges restore their strength to work normally.
Typical Crown Composition
Metal-free crowns: Metal-free crowns have gained the most popularity being Lakeview dentist’s topmost priority. These are coated with materials like leucite, zirconia, porcelain, etc. that give a natural appearance and last longer than others.
Metal-alloy crowns: These dental caps are a typical blend of gold and other metal like silver, copper, palladium, or tin.
Porcelain fused metal crowns: These crowns offer a more natural look because the outer layer is composed of porcelain. The thin layer of porcelain used is fused to a metal base giving the dentist an opportunity to match the outer layer to the natural shade of teeth.
How to care for Dental Crowns and Bridges?
Dental Crowns and bridges are custom-made to function and look like natural teeth and they need the same care and maintenance as your natural teeth. Crowns and bridges can be affected by plaque hence, normal oral hygiene like flossing and brushing regularly would prevent them from plaque breaking down. Excessive teeth grinding can also damage crowns and bridges, so wearing a mouthguard protects them from damage. Maintaining dental bridges in Waldorf MD would also require visiting your dentist for regular cleaning.
Porcelain Veneers in Waldorf MD
Porcelain veneers are an intelligent way to beautify your smile with a thin shell of tooth-colored porcelain that is cemented over the front surfaces of natural teeth to transform your smile from dull to dazzling.
Porcelain Veneers in Waldorf MD are used to fix dental issues like chips, cracks, worn tooth enamel, tooth discoloration, uneven tooth alignment or spacing. Veneers not only make your teeth beautifully aligned but also ensure protective qualities that eliminate the chance of extensive treatments like crowns.
You can get Porcelain veneers in Waldorf MD if:
- Lifestyle habits like drinking soda, tea, coffee have discolored tooth enamel.
- Chips or cracks by dental trauma or aging are affecting your smile
- You have spaces between teeth
- You have uneven teeth from wear or tear.
Though Porcelain Veneers are a part of cosmetic dentistry, they have functional benefits too. They increase the durability of the damaged tooth when placed over protecting the weakened unit from further decay.
Placing Porcelain Veneers in Steps
Your dentist at Lakeview Dental PC would put you on local anesthesia to prepare your tooth by removing a thin layer of tooth enamel. The natural tooth is prepared by minimal reshaping using devices called burs for precise veneer placement.
Placement of porcelain veneers requires teeth impression to make a mouth mold. This impression is then used to fabricate veneers. Some dentists have an in-house laboratory and offer restorative treatments in less time. While others have CAD/CAM technology that fabricates veneers in one visit.
Getting Porcelain veneers in Waldorf MD would require dental cement to bond them with your teeth. Dental cement is then hardened using a special light that ensures veneers are stable.