A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, and strength and improve its appearance or alignment. Crowns can be made entirely of metal or porcelain or porcelain fused to metal.
A dental bridge is a set of one or more artificial teeth (pontics) that closes the gap between two teeth. Dental bridges are supported by crowns placed on natural teeth or implants. If you are interested in getting a crown or bridge restoration, contact our dentist in Alexandria, VA, today.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers the entire visible part of your tooth, restoring its function and appearance. Dental crowns can also be used to cover dental implants. When cemented in place, dental crowns look and act like natural teeth.
During your initial consultation, we will assess your smile and help you determine if you need a dental crown. If so, we will create an impression of your mouth and send it to our lab.
Our dentist in Alexandria, VA, will design your custom crown to fit your bite and match your smile. Until your final crown is ready, we will place a temporary restoration over your tooth to protect it while the final one is being fabricated in our lab. You will receive your final crown at a follow-up appointment.
Once you receive your new crown, you can care for it as you would a natural tooth. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, rinse with mouthwash, floss daily, and schedule regular appointments for dental checkups and cleanings.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of a tooth or several teeth, talk to our dentist in Alexandria, VA, to find out if a dental crown is right for you.
A traditional bridge is a fixed appliance that replaces one or more missing teeth. It consists of one or more artificial teeth supported by crowns on one or two of the teeth neighboring the gap, known as abutment teeth. The bridge is cemented in place and cannot be removed. Traditional bridges are very stable and feel and function just like your natural teeth.
The process of placing a traditional bridge usually requires two visits. During your first visit, we prepare the abutment teeth, take an impression of your teeth, and place a temporary bridge while we wait for your permanent bridge to be created by a dental lab. When your permanent bridge is ready, you’ll come back to our office to have the temporary bridge removed, and the permanent one cemented into place.
If you’re missing multiple teeth in a row or on one side of your mouth, we may recommend a dental bridge as a tooth replacement option. Dental bridges allow us to close the gap in your smile and prevent your existing teeth from shifting out of alignment to fill in the gap left behind by your lost teeth.
If you have any questions about crowns or bridges or want to schedule an appointment, call Old Town Dentistry today at (703) 683-0800.