Vital Dental Care
Cosmetic Dentist & Family Dentist located in Manassas, VA
Crowns and bridges provide a natural way to restore missing or broken teeth. At Vital Dental Care, the providers can evaluate your smile and help you determine if these treatment options are for you. If you live in Manassas, Virginia, or the surrounding area of Prince William County, call the office or book an appointment online to find out how crowns and bridges can transform your look and your oral health.
Crowns and Bridges Q & A
What is a crown?
A crown is a “cap” for a tooth that’s missing or compromised. It provides a damaged tooth with greater strength and improves its appearance, shape, and alignment. Crowns are also used to cover dental implants. The dentist matches a crown to your natural enamel color and tooth shape. They’re usually made from porcelain, but metal alloy crowns can be effective for back teeth.
Why would a tooth need a crown?
The providers at Vital Dental Care may recommend a crown if you have teeth that need reinforcement. You may benefit from a crown if you have:
- A weak tooth vulnerable to fracture
- A fractured tooth
- A tooth with a large filling
- A root canal
- An implant that needs to be covered for function and a natural look
- A discolored or poorly-shaped tooth
What are bridges?
A bridge is a fixed restoration used to replace missing teeth by affixing crowns to adjacent natural teeth. The dentist may recommend a bridge if you’re missing one or more teeth.
The dentists cement a bridge to the natural teeth or implants that surround the empty space. They then attache each end of the bridge to an anchor tooth that’s covered with a crown. The pontic, or replacement tooth, is attached to the crowns. Bridges are usually made from porcelain and match the look of your natural teeth.
A bridge fills any gap in your mouth left by missing teeth. It prevents your remaining teeth from shifting or changing position and altering your bite.
How are bridges and crowns made?
The providers at Vital Dental Care file down the tooth to receive a crown or bridge so that the cap fits properly. They then take an impression of your existing teeth so that the crown or bridge matches your bite. The lab then fabricates the replacement teeth. While you wait for them to arrive and be fixed in your mouth, they provide a temporary crown to cover your tooth or teeth.
If you have missing teeth, consider filling the gaps with crowns or bridges to restore normal chewing function and preserve your oral health. Call Vital Dental Care or book an appointment online for a consultation.