Tooth Crown Dentistry In Arlington VA
A dental crown is a cap that covers the entire surface of a tooth damaged by significant decay or breakage. The tooth crown restores shape, size, and aesthetics, and provides strength to the tooth structure.
The procedure is straightforward:
- It is comparable to getting a filling, but a larger portion of the tooth is involved
- All areas of damage and decay are removed
- The tooth structure is reduced to allow room for the crown
- Dr. Kohli takes impressions of your mouth at our Arlington VA dentist office, sending them to a dental lab where your permanent crown is precisely crafted of natural-looking, luminous porcelain
- You’ll be fitted with a temporary crown, meanwhile, to maintain chewing function and appearance
- You will return for the placement of your permanent crown, which may be made of all porcelain (for front restorations) or porcelain-fused-to-metal, a bit stronger for crowns on back teeth that sustain a great deal of bite pressure.
“I am very happy with the services I got at this office. I am always very nervous to go to a dentist but Dr. Kohli was very patient with me. She explained me the procedure and my treatment in detail. They also offer payment options. I have finally found a dentist that I am very pleased with. The office is great and staff is very friendly. I am going to recommend her to all my friends.”
– Mike C.
Porcelain crowns are very durable. With your usual good oral hygiene, daily brushing and flossing and regular dental visits, you may expect a crown to last many years. Be assured that, if your crown should become loose or chip from biting into hard foods, it can be easily repaired or replaced.
A bridge is a fixed appliance that “bridges” a gap between teeth
The teeth on either side of the space are prepped and crowned. Then, an artificial tooth is fused to the dental crowns adjoining the gap. The process usually takes two visits, similar to getting a single crown – one for shaping and impressions, then a follow-up when the temporaries are removed and the permanent bridge is cemented into place. A bridge may be used to replace a single missing tooth or several teeth. It is a fixed prosthetic – it cannot be removed like a partial denture.
A crown and bridge unit requires a bit of special home care. Dr. Kohli will provide instructions and show you how to use a flosser designed just for bridges. Otherwise, for those patients who are not good candidates for dental implants, a bridge allows you to eat normally, and with good hygiene, it will last a long time.
Give us a call today to learn about your options for replacing missing teeth at Columbia Pike Family Dentistry! We work with patients from all over the Rosslyn – Arlington VA area, so don’t wait!