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Washington Heights Dental Crowns & Bridges

A dental crown is a permanent cap or cover that the dentist will place over a tooth. It restores the tooth’s natural shape to return it to its former size or function. A dental crown might also be necessary if a tooth gets a root canal.

No matter the material, a dental crown should always fit comfortably into the mouth in the same way as natural teeth do. Our dentist designs the crown to ensure that your smile looks as natural as possible. Most crowns are indistinguishable from the natural teeth on either side of them. Our patients’ needs vary, but most people choose a metal crown for durability or a ceramic or porcelain/metal crown for aesthetics.

Types of Dental Crowns

The dentists at Fort Washington Dental Associates will recommend the proper crown type depending on the situation and could recommend any of the following:

  • Ceramic Crowns
  • Porcelain Crowns
  • Metal Crowns
  • PFM (Porcelain Fused to Metal) Crowns

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is effectively a series of dental crowns attached to one another. The goal is to fill gaps of one or more missing teeth with one restoration. A dental bridge is an excellent way to protect teeth and fill gaps. These restorations are permanently cemented and will require multiple visits.

Types of Dental Bridges

Standard options for placing a dental bridge include:

  • Traditional Bridge – one or multiple false teeth supported by crowns on each side
  • Cantilever Bridge – one dental crown attached to either one or two false teeth
  • Maryland Bonded Bridge – one false tooth supported by a metal framework, primarily used for front teeth
  • Implant-Supported Bridge – two implant crowns on either side of one or more false teeth 

The best dental bridge option depends on what the patient needs and the dentist’s recommendation.

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