Crowns and Bridges: All Your Questions Answered

Tired of looking in the mirror and seeing damaged teeth or spaces where tooth loss has left gaps? A little dentistry can go a long way to giving you your smile back.

At Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Leesburg, Virginia, Drs. Haidy Messih and Basma Armanious provide restorative dental services including crowns and bridges to stabilize and restore your smile. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about crowns and bridges.

What are crowns for?

When a tooth is damaged, it can get infected or become loose and fall out. Damaged teeth can be treated, saved, and covered with a dental crown to help hold the tooth together, prevent bacteria from penetrating to the root, and stabilize your smile. We place crowns to restore teeth that have been cracked or broken, were subject to severe decay, or have been through a root canal procedure. The result is a restored surface that lets you chew normally. 

What are crowns made of?

At Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we use porcelain crowns to retain the natural look of your smile and strengthen the remaining tooth underneath. Porcelain is stronger than most precious metals traditionally used in dentistry, and it has the same shine as natural tooth enamel.

What are bridges for?

Over time, gaps left by missing teeth allow remaining teeth to shift out of place. A partial denture, also known as a bridge, fills the gap so your other teeth stay put. We place crowns on teeth that remain on either side of a gap where teeth were lost, to provide a stable anchor for a larger restoration. This keeps the arch of teeth from shifting and changing, and gives your mouth restored stability and functionality.

What are bridges made of?

The bridge itself is made of metal with a porcelain restoration crafted to look like the missing tooth or teeth it’s replacing. These restored teeth are called pontics. We’ll attach your new bridge to the porcelain crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap, also known as abutment teeth, for a seamless look.

What are the benefits of crowns and bridges?

Crowns and bridges are comfortable. They’re lightweight and non-removable, and designed so that your natural teeth absorb the pressure of chewing.

Crowns and bridges are a fast dental restoration. They typically take only a few dental visits from start to finish, and you won’t need downtime to recover from having them installed.

Crowns and bridges are aesthetically exceptional. The porcelain looks like your natural tooth in color and sheen. Once we’re done, no one will be able to tell you’ve had work done.

Crowns and bridges are easy to care for. You brush your new crowns and bridges just like you do your natural teeth, and with proper care, they’ll last 5 to 15 years — or even longer. 

If you need a crown or bridgework, contact our office for a consultation by calling 703-659-2805, or book an appointment online today.  

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