Dental crowns and bridges replace missing teeth, or correct damaged teeth, to create a natural, functional smile. Trust the cosmetic dentist, Dr. Chang Yi, and the prosthodontist, Dr. Negar Tehrani, of Aura Dentistry to place these prosthetic teeth expertly. If you live in McLean, Virginia or the surrounding area, call the office or book an appointment online to learn about the process of getting a crown or bridge.
Crowns are like caps for your teeth. They may cover a damaged tooth or an implant to create a natural-looking smile and a tooth that feels normal in your mouth.
Bridges cover space where you’re missing one or more teeth. A bridge is attached to two crowns placed over existing teeth or implants.
Crowns are usually made from porcelain and customized to match the color and shape of your existing teeth. But they’re sometimes made from other materials, including gold and metal alloys, acrylic, and ceramic.
A crown can solve numerous issues with your teeth. Common reasons for a crown to be placed include:
Crowns are also placed to complete a dental bridge.
If you have one or more missing teeth, the team at Aura Dentistry may recommend a bridge to span the space. If you don’t replace these missing teeth, your remaining teeth can shift, which may cause a change in your bite, and possibly even gum disease and TMJ disorders.
To place a bridge, Dr. Yi or Dr. Negar files down the teeth surrounding the space left by your missing teeth and places a crown on each to serve as an anchor for the bridge. The dentist then attaches the replacement tooth (or teeth) to these anchors to form the bridge.
You can care for crowns and bridges just as you do for your natural teeth. Regular brushing, professional cleanings, flossing, and checkups keep your teeth healthy and discourage decay. With good oral hygiene, bridges and crowns can last a lifetime.
If you have missing or damaged teeth, you may be a good candidate for the placement of a crown or bridge. Call Aura Dentistry or book an appointment online to learn whether these dental solutions are right for you.