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Crowns & Bridges

If one or more of your teeth are lost or damaged, then crowns and bridges can come to your rescue. All Smiles Bethesda offers premium quality porcelain crowns and bridges as the perfect restoration solution for you.

Crowns

Crowns are tooth-shaped caps used to cover a missing or damaged tooth. They not only add strength to the tooth structure but also improve the alignment, appearance and shape of your teeth and correct imperfections in your bite. When placed on top of a dental implant, a crown provides the structure and function of a missing tooth.

A crown may be recommended in the following cases:

  • To protect a weak tooth from breaking or fracturing
  • To protect a tooth that has large fillings
  • To cover and protect a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy
  • To attach both ends of a dental bridge
  • To cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth

Bridges

As the name suggests, dental bridges are used to cover or “bridge” the gap left by a few missing teeth in the mouth. A bridge is attached the natural teeth on either side or to implants. There are two parts to any dental bridge: the pontic and the abutment. The abutment is that part of the bridge where it is anchored to either the remaining natural teeth or a dental implant. The replacement teeth in the bridge are known as pontics.

Installation of Crowns and Bridges

The procedure of installing a crown or bridge begins by taking an impression of your teeth and determining the exact color to match your natural teeth. If a crown is being made to cover a tooth, then that tooth must be reduced in size to allow for the crown to fit properly.

The impression is sent to a lab to prepare your custom restoration. Until your permanent restoration is ready, we will place a temporary crown or bridge to cover the area. Once your custom crown or bridge is ready, the temporary one is removed, and the permanent one is placed in the mouth. We will then ensure that your bite is perfect and that you are comfortable with your new restoration.

Crowns and bridges can last a long time if they are cared for properly. One should practice good oral hygiene such as daily brushing, flossing and regular visits to our office for checkups and professional cleanings. For more information, please call us at (301) 200-8804 to schedule your appointment.

Our Happy Patients

"Dr Ziomek has been "managing my mouth" for more than 30 years! In fact I still fly back from New Mexico for my semi-annual exams and needed dental work. She is highly skilled, caring, gentle and always works to keep my teeth and gums healthy. Her staff reflects these same qualities. I recommend her office to everyone!"

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"Dr. Leung is a great dentist. He is gentle, honest and really listens to your concerns. My whole family sees him! He did Invisalign on my daughter and now she loves her smile! Pay him a visit, you won’t be disappointed!"

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"One of the Best Dental Groups in the DMV! This was my first time at the office, but the staff made me feel welcomed as if I was a regular patient. The front desk staff was nice and welcoming! The dental hygienist is really knowledgeable and answered all of my questions. The individual rooms are huge. Each room is equipped with its own television! Usually I am scared of getting poked at but the hygienist gave me a pain free cleaning! Dr. Leung spoke to me after the cleaning and devised a great plan to ensure that my teeth stay strong and healthy. I will be coming back to visit Dr. Leung and his staff again! I highly recommend this dental group!"

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