Crowns and bridges are dentistry’s perfect union of art and science, restoring your tooth with a prosthetic that’s as beautiful as it is functional. If you need to restore your smile, schedule an appointment with Subha Yerabollu, DDS, at Prime Family Dentistry in Chantilly, Virginia. Dr. Yerabollu provides patients with the highest quality crowns and bridges that give their smiles a new lease on life. To learn more, call the office or request a visit online today.
A crown is an artificial tooth cap that’s permanently sealed to an existing structure, like a dental implant or your natural tooth. Once in place, a crown feels and functions just like a natural tooth, and, depending on the material, looks like one, too!
There are a few different materials used to make crowns:
Dr. Yerabollu can help you select a material that’s best suited to your individual needs, preferences, and budget.
Dental crowns serve a variety of functions, like:
Crowns are also an essential component in dental bridges.
A bridge is an oral prosthetic that replaces a missing tooth or multiple. It consists of a fake tooth, called a pontic, that’s attached to crowns on either side. The crowns are fitted on to the teeth on either side of your missing tooth, effectively bridging the gap between your teeth.
By filling in the holes where you’re missing teeth, a bridge:
A bridge also maintains the shape of your face by preventing your facial muscles from atrophying and sagging around your missing tooth.
Crown or bridge normally requires two to three visits. During the initial visit, the tooth or teeth which are planned to receive crowns or bridges are prepared. Impressions are made of the prepared teeth which are then sent to a dental lab. At the lab, a technician creates your crown or bridge to fit comfortably in your mouth and blend in seamlessly with your smile. You wear a temporary crown or bridge while you wait for your permanent crown or bridge.
You come back for a second visit when your permanent crown or bridge is ready. Dr. Yerabollu checks that the fit and look are comfortable and pleasing, then seals it in place with dental cement, sending you out into the world with a beautifully restored smile.
For comfortable, functional, and long-lasting crowns and bridges that feel just like your natural teeth, call Prime Family Dentistry or request a visit online today.