If you’re shy about smiling due to damaged or missing teeth, crowns and bridges provide an ideal solution. Navdeep Aulakh, DDS, at Friendly Smiles Dental Care in Burke, Virginia, who treats the surrounding areas of Lorton, Springfield, and Annandale, Virginia, as well, has extensive experience helping shape people’s smiles and help them improve their self-confidence. If you suffer from broken or decaying teeth, call or book your appointment online today.
A dental crown is a prosthetic cap that’s set over your damaged or broken tooth, adding protection and preserving its original appearance.
Crowns can be made of multiple materials, including:
Dr. Aulakh ensures that the crown fits perfectly with your existing teeth in regards to their color, function, and shape.
A dental bridge is a set of crowns that can replace multiple teeth. If you lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth tend to shift and move out of place to make up for the missing tooth. A bridge ensures this gap is filled and that your remaining teeth stay in place.
A dental bridge tends to be preferred over dentures because of its stability; it typically stays in place thanks to strong and permanent adhesives.
Dr. Aulakh begins by taking impressions of the treatment area. Following this, she prepares the tooth for the crown by shaping the tooth’s surface. This is in order to make room for the thickness of the crown.
Since your crown is custom-made in a lab, Dr. Aulakh places a temporary cap over the tooth to protect it while you wait for the permanent crown. During your second trip to Friendly Smiles Dental Care, Dr. Aulakh removes your temporary cap and places your new crown on the tooth.
In order to make sure your dental crown or bridge lasts, Dr. Aulakh recommends you take care of them the same way you would your natural teeth, meaning you should floss, brush, and go to regular dental checkups. If you do this, your crowns can last around 10-15 years.
After the treatment, it might take a few days to adjust to speaking with your bridge in place. However, this is normal and nothing to worry about.
If you’re ready to replace missing teeth with a crown or a bridge, call Friendly Smiles Dental Care today or schedule an appointment online.