At DC Dental Spa, we use bridges and crowns to improve both your appearance and your overall health. Dental bridges and crowns can restore teeth and the look and function of your smile, allowing you to smile big again!
Dental crowns and bridges are an ideal solution to a number of dental problems. They may be recommended by your DC Dental Spa dentist if you are missing one or more teeth, want to cover a poorly shaped or discolored tooth, or need to restore a fractured tooth.
Both bridges and crowns function as replacement teeth that, unlike dentures, are cemented onto your natural teeth or other implants to provide more stability and function for your smile.
Crowns “cap” or completely cover a damaged tooth. They can be used to improve the alignment, shape, or appearance of a tooth or strengthen a damaged tooth. Dental crowns are also placed over a dental implant to provide function and a tooth-like shape. Usually made from ceramic or porcelain material, dental crowns look and feel like natural teeth. Their sturdiness also allows them to last for years with proper care.
Your DC Dental Spa dentist may recommend a dental bridge to span a gap left by missing teeth, especially missing teeth in a row. Filling the gap left by missing teeth can prevent your remaining teeth from shifting to fill the empty space, causing a bad bite, crooked or misaligned teeth, or trouble chewing.
Dental bridges span the entire space left by missing teeth. Generally, two dental crowns are cemented to the implants or natural teeth that surround the space, and they are individually made to match the size, shape and shade of your natural teeth. Then, a dental crown to hold the space of the missing tooth or teeth will be cemented in the middle before placement, giving you a realistic and functional smile again!
Caring for Dental Crowns and Bridges
Dental bridges and dental crowns can last for many years if cared for properly. Practicing good oral hygiene habits is the single most important step you can take to keep dental bridges and crowns attractive and strong. If you have dental crowns or bridges, brush them twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste, floss each day, and make an appointment with us twice yearly for a professional cleaning and check up, or as recommended by your DC Dental Spa dentist.
If you have questions regarding dental crowns or bridges or want to know if you would qualify for these cost-effective replacements to missing and damaged teeth, contact our team today at (202) 873-1054!