Crowns & Bridges

Dental Design of Wheaton: Shri Chopra, DDS

Dentist located in DC Metro Area, Wheaton, MD

Are you considering dental crowns or bridges to replace missing teeth? Crowns are the right choice for many men and women, and they might be the right choice for you, too. In fact, the number of Americans with dental crowns is on the rise. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 15 million people in the United States have crowns put in place of missing teeth. Dr. Shri Chopra is highly trained and can explain your crown and bridge options. Visit her at her practice, Dental Design of Wheaton in Wheaton, Maryland, today – conveniently located near other Montgomery County neighborhoods like Silver Spring, Kensington, Aspen Hill, and Glenmont. Call or make an appointment online if you suspect you may need a new crown, crown repair, or bridge.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What is a crown?

A crown is a piece of porcelain, ceramic, or metal that covers a damaged tooth. It's shaped to look like the natural tooth and can enhance the tooth's appearance and stability. The crown is placed on top of the original tooth, completely covering the area of the tooth that can be seen above the gum line. It's sealed in place with a special cement.

Are dental crowns a good fit for me?

There are a variety of reasons why Dr. Chopra may suggest a crown. A crown can cover a dental implant or a discolored or oddly-shaped tooth.

Crowns are more than cosmetic solutions. They can cover and protect a weak or cracked natural tooth. Teeth that are weakened by decay or extremely large fillings are at risk of breaking unless they're strengthened with a crown.

Many patients are great candidates for dental crowns, for both cosmetic and restorative reasons. Whether you need a crown to fix the appearance of a tooth or strengthen a weak tooth, a dental crown can protect teeth for years to come.

Which kind of crown is right for my teeth?

There are a variety of dental crown materials to consider. Dr. Chopra and her skilled team use the highest quality and most esthetic materials. Dr. Chopra routinely uses the strongest metal-free options such as porcelain and ceramic. These porcelain and ceramic crowns offer the best results for patients with metal sensitivities and are the most natural looking in the mouth. Occasionally high noble metal crowns fused to porcelain can be suggested. The choice of material depends on multiple factors and every situation needs to be evaluated on an individual basis. Rest assured that the final product will look natural, comfortable, and restore the proper function of your tooth.

  • Porcelain
  • Porcelain fused to metal
  • Ceramic

What are the steps in a dental crown procedure?

A dental crown procedure typically involves two visits to the dentist, at a minimum. At the first appointment, you'll have X-rays taken so that Dr. Chopra can evaluate the condition of the tooth in question.

Next, Dr. Chopra will administer local anesthesia to make the area comfortable during treatment. The tooth will then be prepared and contoured so that the crown can be attached properly. After the tooth is prepared, she will make an impression of your teeth or take a digital scan, which will be sent to the dental lab and used to construct a custom crown. Dr. Chopra will place a temporary crown over your tooth until the permanent crown is completed.

What is a bridge and what are its benefits?

Bridges received their name because they do just that -- they bridge gaps missing teeth create. To create a bridge, Dr. Chopra will use crowns constructed of porcelain, gold, or other supportive materials. The crowns are strategically placed on both sides of where the gap is, using your natural teeth to create support or implants to create support.

Some of the benefits of bridges include:


  • Chewing like normal
  • Speaking freely
  • Confidence
  • Preventing further damage to teeth

Would you like to learn more about dental crowns or bridges? Think you might need a crown replaced? Contact Dr. Shri Chopra or make an appointment online.