Crowns & Bridges
DENTIST IN ARLINGTON, VA
Over time, our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks or discoloration. Crowns are used to renew the appearance and function of a tooth. Should a root canal become necessary, a crown gives full coverage to the tooth once the ‘nutrition’ (or nerve) is removed from a tooth. The tooth becomes brittle over time as a result of a root canal and a crown protects the tooth.
Crowns are typically made from porcelain in order to maintain strength and a natural appearance. The process of prepping and creating a crown will take 2 visits to the office. Once treatment is complete, continue to practice proper at home care and keep regular office visits to help your crown last many years.
When a tooth is missing, the two adjacent teeth on either side are used to create a bridge. If a single tooth is missing, crowns will be created and fused together to create a 3-unit bridge. Just as 2 teeth missing side by side are fused with the adjacent teeth to create a 4-unit bridge. It is important to replace missing teeth to avoid shifting of surrounding teeth, which may lead to misaligned bite, TMJ and other problems.
Dental bridges are custom-made to match your natural teeth in color and overall appearance. They are made from mixtures of gold, metal, alloys or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable. With appropriate at home and professional care, your dental bridges may last for years.
If you are considering replacing a tooth, call our dental office in Arlington to schedule a consultation.