Home| Dental Services|Restorative Dentistry|Crowns and Bridges Porcelain Crowns Porcelain crowns can enhance both the strength and appearance of teeth affected by severe damage and decay. A crown covers the entire tooth and can prevent your tooth from further deterioration and even more serious dental problems. Dental crowns also serve as the final touch to a root canal or dental implant treatment, as well as numerous other dental procedures. Porcelain crowns can last for decades and produce beautiful, natural-looking results. The experienced dentists here at Bethesda Sedation Dentistry can significantly improve both the form and function of your teeth with porcelain crowns and many other restorative and cosmetic dentistry options available at our practice. Porcelain Crown Benefits Porcelain dental crowns offer a host of benefits for patients, including: Restores severely damaged teeth Enhances both structural support and aesthetic value to affected teeth Provides support for dental bridges Covers dental implants for results that look and feel natural Renews the appearance of misshapen teeth Works to prevent further damage or wear and tear Repairs fractures, cracks, and other dental issues Porcelain Crowns Procedure After your dentist has examined you and determined that a porcelain crown is right for your needs, some of the original tooth enamel in the affected area will be removed to prepare it for the crown. An impression of your teeth will then be taken with our advanced 3Shape TRIOS® intraoral scanner in order for the crown to be created with the most precise, natural-fitting results possible. A dental laboratory will then make the crown based on the exact specifications provided in the digital impression shared by our team. Once fabricated in the lab and sent to our office, the crown will be affixed to the affected tooth with a very durable cement, and tinted so that it will match the color of your existing teeth. Typically, the entire dental crown treatment process can be completed in two office appointments. Dental Bridges If you’re missing one tooth or a few teeth in a row, a bridge may be a great way to restore your smile. Unlike partial dentures, a fixed bridge is permanently secured. Dr. Deb or Dr. Rob may recommend a traditional bridge or an implant-supported bridge. A bridge will not only fill the empty space left by a missing tooth, it will restore your bite, improve chewing and speech, and support your cheeks for a youthful appearance. Bridges rely on surrounding teeth for support, so your adjacent teeth must be in good condition. With an implant-supported bridge, small, titanium posts are inserted in the jaw to act as anchors for the replacement teeth. Surrounding teeth are not compromised, and the bridge will look and feel completely natural. This is a wonderful new option for patients missing teeth, and Dr. Deb and Dr. Rob have extensive training in implant placement and restoration. They will carefully examine your oral health to determine if you are a candidate for an implant-supported bridge. Contact Our Bethesda Practice If you would like to learn more about how porcelain crowns and dental bridges can meet your dental needs, please contact our office today. We will be happy to answer your questions, or assist you with scheduling an appointment with one of our dentists.