Crowns And Bridges

Crowns And Bridges

When you have teeth that are damaged or missing, this can have a serious effect on how you feel about your appearance. Dental crowns and bridges can cover or replace these teeth, which can give you a healthy smile and improve your quality of life. The dental team, located in Woodbridge, Virginia offer dental crowns and bridges for adults and children with damaged or missing teeth.

Crowns And Bridges Q &A

Lake Ridge Dental Associates

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are caps or coverings that go over teeth that are cracked or have other types of damage. When you have dental crowns, these coverings improve the appearance of your damaged teeth and restore them to normal functionality. Some dental crowns are made of porcelain or resin, while others are made from gold or porcelain fused to metal.

What are dental bridges?

Dental bridges are tooth replacements that involve anchoring an artificial tooth between the teeth next to it on either side. You can have them when you have one missing tooth, but have healthy teeth on both sides of the gap. When you have dental bridges done, your natural teeth have to be reshaped — and get crowns placed on them — in order to hold the artificial tooth in place securely.

Our dental team  might recommend dental crowns when you have a tooth that’s weak from decay or a tooth with one or more cracks in it. You might also need dental crowns for broken teeth or for teeth that have large fillings. If you’re getting a dental bridge, the teeth that act as anchors need crowns on them to hold the replacement tooth in place.

What should I expect from dental crowns?

If you’re getting a dental crown, your tooth needs to be reshaped for it to fit properly. If your tooth has a lot of damage, you might need a filling material to ensure that the crown fits. Your dentist at Dr. Robert C. Dost & Associates then makes an impression of your tooth and has a crown made. When the crown’s ready, it’s placed onto your tooth. In the meantime, though, you can expect to have a temporary crown.

What should I expect from dental bridges?

If you’re getting a dental bridge, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth will be reshaped and fitted with a crown. You’ll also have an artificial tooth made based on impressions of your natural teeth. That way, your replacement tooth looks like your natural teeth as much as possible. When your artificial tooth is ready, it’s then installed and anchored to the natural teeth on both sides.

To learn more about dental crowns and bridges, please contact Dr. Robert C. Dost & Associates to make an appointment.

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