Missing, damaged, or decayed teeth can affect the function, health, and appearance of your smile, but you don't have to live with a less than perfect grin. From cracks to chips to gaps in your smile, crowns and bridges can restore your oral health and the look of your teeth.

Family dentists Dr. Irving Phillips and Dr. Wade Dressler of Dental Choice in Easton, MD, offer crowns and bridges that leave you feeling comfortable and confident.

What are bridges?

Bridges replace a tooth that has fallen out or requires removal, filling the void with an artificial tooth. Bridges, also known as partial dentures, consist of an artificial tooth, tinted, sized, and shaped to match your natural tooth, which is supported by and bonded to the neighboring teeth. A bridge not only completes your smile so it looks great, but it prevents bacterial growth and infection from developing in the empty space. Brushing, chewing, and biting will likely be more comfortable and easier now that your tooth has been replaced.

What are crowns?

Crowns are coverings for a tooth that is cracked, chipped, jagged, severely discolored, or has a cavity that can't be filled. Made of durable ceramic or resin, a crown is custom-made to fit snugly over the tooth to conceal imperfections and protect the tooth. Your family dentist at our Easton, MD, office will start by buffing away some of the surface areas of the affected tooth before attaching the crown with permanent cement. Your dentist will make any needed adjustments so the crown blends in with your tooth and looks and feels natural. You will be able to bite, chew and brush comfortably.

How do I care for crowns or bridges?

As both crowns and bridges are long-lasting and strong, you can brush and floss like normal. Make sure to also make regular appointments for dental exams and professional cleanings to keep your entire smile healthy.

Make an appointment with your family dentists  Dr. Phillips and Dr. Dressler of Dental Choice in Easton, MD, today by calling (410) 822-4310.