Dental Crowns And Dental Bridges

Dental Crowns & Dental Bridges Leesburg, VA

If you have a damaged tooth, chances are you know it. Toothaches can get really painful. And if the damage is on one of your front teeth, you might be able to see it in the mirror. You could even be missing a tooth entirely. To help repair damaged or missing teeth, our Leesburg dentists can use dental crowns and dental bridges.

What Is An Inlay? What About An Onlay?

The traditional method of repairing tooth decay damage is a tooth-colored filling. But there is another type of restoration at our Leesburg, VA dental office that repairs more extensive damage and usually lasts longer: an inlay or onlay. These treatments completely cover the damaged area to both protect it and give the tooth back its strength and durability. Inlays are used in between the cusps of your tooth, while onlays are used on the top and sides of it.

How Can Crowns Protect Damaged Teeth?

When a tooth has extensive damage, like when a cavity has been ignored for far too long or you have a bad accident, you have to worry about more than just the damage itself. The tooth could be in danger of fracturing and exposing all the nerves in the pulp. To save the tooth and make sure you can eat with it pain-free, you can get a dental crown. This cap is made to look and feel like one of your healthy teeth, and it fits snugly over the damaged tooth to repair the damage.

What Types Of Crowns Could I Get?

At First Family Dental & Implant Center, we offer three types of dental crowns:

  • Porcelain: These crowns are great for your front teeth, as they will look like the enamel on your current teeth. A small amount of enamel will be removed to make room for this cap.
  • Porcelain fused to metal: The same tooth-colored porcelain is used, but it’s fused to metal underneath. This is stronger than full porcelain but often requires removing a bit more enamel.
  • Full gold: This is a mix of gold and other alloys to provide a durable crown that won’t hurt your gums or nearby teeth.

Which type of crown would work best for you depends on several factors including which tooth needs the crown, your gums, the cost, and more.

Why Might I Need A Bridge In My Mouth?

When you’re missing a tooth, your smile looks bad and you could have trouble eating the foods you love. Normally, we recommend getting a dental implant to replace the tooth. But for some patients with thin or unhealthy jawbones, a dental implant is too risky. That’s where a dental bridge can come in handy. These are replacement teeth held firmly in the gap by a pair of dental crowns on the teeth next to that space.

Dental crowns and dental bridges are great ways to protect your teeth and keep your smile looking beautiful. For more information on these restorations, or to schedule your next appointment, call our office today at 703-297-4353 or use our convenient online form.