Crowns and bridges are restorative options that help reestablish the function and aesthetic look of the smile. While crowns are specifically designed to strengthen weakened teeth, bridges are created to fill gaps in the smile. Crowns and bridges also help give patients a second chance at a healthy smile by restoring oral functionality and reliability.
At Rejuvenation Dental Studio, our dedicated and skilled Falls Church dentist, Dr. Dang, is here to help you get the dental treatment you deserve and help you reach your restorative goals. She will not only provide high-quality results but will also walk you through the process of restoring your smile and confidence.
Crowns, also known as caps, are used to help strengthen and protect tooth structure by encompassing the damaged tooth. The crown is able to restore the function, shape, and size of the tooth – restoring its strength and giving it a natural look and feel.
Dental crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or can be made completely out of gold. Despite the options, the porcelain crown is often recommended due to its natural appearance. Porcelain crowns are tooth colored and personalized, meaning that they are made to match and blend seamlessly with the rest of your teeth.
With proper care, crowns are able to last for several years thanks to their durable nature. However, it’s important to keep in mind that crowns are no different than other restorative procedures. They’re not permanent and may eventually need to be replaced depending on the condition of the crown.
Other factors that may lead patients to invest in crowns include:
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Broken or large fillings
- Badly decayed teeth
- Support after root canal therapy
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Attachment for a dental bridge
Bridges are fixed and non-removable appliances that are used to replace missing teeth in the smile. They also happen to be one of the most popular restorative procedures due to their affordable and durable nature.
Much like crowns, bridges are also tailored to fit the needs of the patient and are custom made to fit the smile. However, they’re also not permanent and may need to be replaced in time due to everyday wear.
When it comes to bridges there are several options to choose from including the cantilever, traditional, and Maryland bonded bridge. Out of these three, the most popular is the traditional bridge which consists of using neighboring teeth to help support the prosthetic tooth; two crowns are mounted onto neighboring teeth and help provide the stability and security that the new tooth needs.
Other reasons to invest in bridges include:
- Missing teeth
- Misaligned smile
- Need for smile restoration
- Trouble speaking or chewing
- Upgrade from removable partial dentures
After seeking a consultation with our Falls Church dentist, Dr. Dang, you will be able to determine the state of your mouth and receive a recommendation based on your needs. Seeking professional treatment will not only help you maintain your oral health, but will also restore your smile and give you peace of mind.