A missing tooth may make you ashamed of your smile and inhibit your ability to chew. Francisco Rodriguez, DMD, provide restorative options like crowns and bridges at Gentle Touch Dental PC to make your bite as good as new. Call the Falls Church, Virginia, office to schedule a consultation or request one online today.
Crowns and bridges are dental restoration devices that help rebuild your normal bite. If you have one or more missing teeth, Dr. Rodrguez may suggest a bridge and crowns as options to restore your smile.
Crowns are tooth-like covers that go over an existing tooth to restore its shape and function. Crowns can hold bridges and implants in place, protect weak or decayed teeth, or preserve teeth that have undergone root canals.
A bridge is a prosthetic device that replaces one or more missing teeth. The bridge and replacement teeth blend in with your natural gum line and bite. Typically, crowns on both sides of the bridge hold it in place.
The process of getting a bridge usually takes several appointments. Your first appointment typically consists of a dental evaluation with an exam and X-rays to determine your course of treatment.
Then, Dr. Rodrguez prepares the teeth that will hold your bridge in place and takes impressions of your mouth. He can affix a temporary bridge while the lab designs your permanent fixture.
Then, when your bridge and crowns are ready, your dentist removes your temporary bridge and tries the permanent bridge on for size. If your bridge or crowns need adjustments, your dentist may have to send it back to the lab until it’s just right. Once your bridge fits perfectly, your dentist inserts the bridge and cements the crowns over the surrounding teeth to hold it in place.
Crowns and bridges don’t require any supplementary care beyond normal hygiene habits. You should still brush and floss all your teeth like you normally would every day and stay up-to-date on your office visits.
However, you can take measures to prolong the life of your bridge and crowns. It’s important that your dentist checks your dental work regularly to watch for signs of disrepair or decay.
You should also avoid chewing hard substances like ice or opening packages with your teeth to preserve the integrity of your bridge. With proper care, your bridge could last up to 15 years.
If you’re looking for a dentist in the Falls Church, Virginia, area, call Gentle Touch PC or request an appointment online today.