Dental Crowns and Bridges

middle aged couple in the park If you have an aching or injured tooth, you need to find a solution as soon as possible. Dental issues don’t get better on their own, and leaving it untreated will put you at risk of losing the tooth completely. Your dentist in Fairfax provides wonderful options in restorative dentistry, including dental crowns and fixed bridges.

These treatments have been used for decades to repair smiles after significant damage or tooth loss, and they have never been more effective than today thanks to modern methods and materials. Keep reading to learn more about dental crowns and bridges, including when they are necessary and just how they work.

What Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a restoration that saves a tooth after significant decay or damage. It is a tooth-shaped restoration that completely surrounds the affected tooth from the gums up. Because a dental crown is bonded onto the tooth enamel, it cannot be removed except by your dentist with special tools.

Dental crowns may be made from dental ceramic/porcelain, gold, metal alloys, or zirconia. The one that is right for you depends on the location of the affected tooth, your budget, and your personal preference.

What Is a Fixed Dental Bridge?

While a dental crown is placed over a damaged tooth, a dental bridge is used to replace a tooth that has gone missing altogether. It is made up of two dental crowns affixed to the natural teeth that surround a gap in the smile. Prosthetic teeth -- pontics -- fill in the space between. This type of dental bridge is fixed and cannot be removed for cleaning.

Most bridges are made of porcelain/ceramic or porcelain fused to metal. Dental bridges restore your ability to eat and speak, while also keeping the surrounding teeth from drifting out of place.

How Are They Created?

The procedure for your dental crown will vary based on what material it is made of. A ceramic crown can be created and placed in a single appointment thanks to CEREC one-visit technology. Crowns made of other materials as well as bridges are crafted in a separate lab. Your dentist will take a scan or impression of your tooth or the ones that surround an empty space and send your treatment plan over to the lab. There, it is created by a team of experts. You return to our office for its final placement some weeks later.

Maintaining Your New Restoration

It is important that you maintain proper oral hygiene habits to keep your crown or bridge strong and healthy for years to come. Continue to brush and floss your teeth regularly, and visit your dentist every six months for routine dental care. Concentrate on the area at the base of the restoration when you clean to remove any plaque and bacterial buildup.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Are you in need of a high quality dental restoration? Talk to your Fairfax dentist about dental crowns and bridges to find out which solution may be best for your smile. We can’t wait to help you enjoy complete oral health once again. You are invited to request an appointment at Mosaic Smiles today!