Crowns and bridges play important roles in restoring damaged teeth, protecting weak teeth and replacing missing teeth. As a leading dentist in Leesburg, Virginia, Arezou Daneshvar, DDS, uses advanced materials and techniques to help patients at Hometown Dental Care PLLC enjoy better oral health and more attractive smiles.
Crowns are durable, tooth-colored coverings designed to surround the entire tooth, providing protection, strength and aesthetic improvement. Crowns are commonly used to:
Crowns usually can be completed in two visits. At the first appointment, the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth will be treated and a portion of the tooth’s surface material will be removed to make room for the thickness of the crown.
Then an impression will be made and sent to the lab where the crown will be made. A temporary crown will be used to protect the tooth while the permanent restoration is being made in the lab.
At the second visit, the permanent crown will be placed on the tooth using a very strong adhesive, then buffed for a comfortable fit.
Dental bridges are devices used to replace one or several teeth. A bridge includes a strong framework and one or more artificial teeth or crowns that are shaped and tinted to match the neighboring teeth.
The bridge is secured by metal clips that attach to the teeth on either side of the opening left by the missing teeth. These teeth usually are protected by crowns.
Bridges may be removable or they can be permanently secured with adhesives. Some bridges can be attached with dental implants for greater comfort and convenience.
First, the teeth used to support a bridge are prepared for crowns and an impression is made of the entire area and sent to a dental lab. Temporary crowns will be placed on the teeth to protect them.
At the second visit, the permanent crowns and bridge will be applied and adjusted for a comfortable fit. Implant-secured dentures can also be applied in two visits, but the procedure is slightly different.
To learn more about if a crown or a bridge is right for you, call Hometown Dental Care PLLC today or book an appointment online.