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 book 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.
If your adjacent teeth can’t support crowns, there are alternative bridges that can restore your smile. A cantilever bridge has a crown on only one side of its pontic, while the pontic on a Maryland bonded bridge is held in place by a metal framework that’s sealed to the back of your adjacent 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.
First, Dr. Yerabollu numbs your tooth and the surrounding tissue with a local anesthetic. She also provides you with nitrous oxide or laughing gas if you’d like something to keep you more relaxed during the procedure. Next, she prepares your abutment teeth by shaving off some enamel. Although this is a relatively painless process, In the case of a crown, she prepares the tooth in need of a crown, while a bridge involves preparing the teeth on either side of your missing tooth.
Once preparation of your tooth or teeth is complete, she uses an intraoral camera to take an impression of your smile. That impression is sent to a lab, where 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 restoration.
You come back for a second visit when your permanent restoration 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 book a visit online today.