Crowns and bridges restore missing or damaged teeth, improving your oral health and preventing the need for more invasive treatments. At Momentum Dental Care, family dentist Tamesha Morris, DDS, and the team provide crowns and bridges to people of all ages. To schedule an appointment at the practice in Woodbridge or Bristow, Virginia, call the office or click the online booking tool.
Crowns and bridges are dental restorations that address tooth damage, decay, or loss. Though they’re often mentioned together, crowns and bridges serve two different purposes:
Crowns are coverings bonded to the top of a cracked, chipped, or decaying tooth. They prevent further damage and restore your tooth to its near original shape, strength, and size.
Bridges fill a gap in your smile. They make it easier to bite and chew and lower your risk of more serious oral health problems like gum recession, loose teeth, and bone loss.
Getting a crown or bridge begins with an in-office consultation at Momentum Dental Care. During your appointment, the team reviews your dental health history and asks about your goals for treatment. Afterward, they conduct an oral exam and take a series of X-rays to determine the type of restoration that will most benefit you.
If you have a fractured, chipped, or decaying tooth, the team might recommend a crown. To prepare your tooth for a crown, they administer a local anesthetic and remove the decaying or damaged portion. Then, they take digital impressions of your tooth with the iTero® intraoral scanner.
The team sends your impressions to a dental laboratory that uses them to design a custom dental crown. A week later, you return to Momentum Dental Care. The team lines up the crown with your tooth and bonds it in place.
If you’re missing one (or several) teeth in a row, the team recommends a bridge. They administer a local anesthetic to numb your tooth roots and gums and prepare the two abutment teeth on either side of the gap to receive a bridge. To do this, they remove a thin layer of enamel from the top and sides of each tooth.
Next, they take digital impressions of your mouth with the iTero® intraoral scanner. The team sends your impressions to a dental laboratory that manufactures a custom bridge. About a week later, you return to the practice, and the team bonds your bridge in place.
Crowns and bridges are like your natural teeth in that they collect food particles, plaque, and tartar. Therefore, it’s important to brush and floss regularly and visit Momentum Dental Care at least twice a year for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.
To prevent chips, cracks, or other damage to your restorations, the team recommends avoiding bad habits like nail-biting, chewing on pen caps, or opening objects with your teeth.
If you’re interested in learning more about crowns and bridges, make an appointment at Momentum Dental Care. Call the nearest office or click the online booking tool.