Dental Crowns & Bridges in Fredericksburg, VA
We ask a lot of our teeth and, until one of them is damaged or lost, we tend not to think about how much work they do for us on a daily basis. Subpar oral hygiene combined with a lifetime of enjoying hard and crunchy foods and destructive habits like teeth grinding all take their toll on the health and structure of your teeth.
At Blue Bird Dentistry in Fredericksburg, VA, our job is to provide treatments that protect and preserve your existing tooth structure for as long as possible. Dental crowns provide a protective structure for a damaged natural tooth.
Crowns Restore & Protect Damaged Teeth
In many cases, all that’s required is a dental filling to restore a slightly damaged tooth. But sometimes a tooth is too damaged and needs a restoration like a dental crown or a bridge if a tooth is missing.
A dental crown is designed to encase your natural tooth to protect and strengthen it by restoring its structure. Crowns are versatile, and there are many situations where we use them in Fredericksburg, including:
- Restore teeth worn down by teeth grinding
- Protect a tooth that’s too damaged for a filling
- Add strength to a tooth after root canal treatment
- As part of a total smile makeover
- Improve the aesthetics of a tooth
Process for Dental Crowns at Blue Bird Dentistry
Dr. Mohamed Elnahass starts the procedure by altering the tooth’s shape and size to allow space around it for the crown to blend naturally with surrounding teeth.
Next, we take impressions that we send to a custom dental lab that fabricates your new crown. We will send you home with a temporary to protect the tooth until we have you return for placement of your final crown. Dr. Elnahass will check the restoration for fit and make bite adjustments as needed. The final step is cementing your crown in place and polishing it, so it blends beautifully with your smile.
Dental Bridges for Missing Teeth
Missing teeth are unattractive, but if you don’t replace them, you will have more than an aesthetic problem on your hands. Your teeth tend to shift all throughout your life, so when one is lost, surrounding teeth gradually start to drift into the space. This change in positioning causes tooth misalignment, difficulty with oral hygiene, and problems with your dental bite.
A dental bridge is a prosthetic that is designed to fill the space left by a missing tooth. It is typically a three-piece unit consisting of an artificial tooth called a pontic that is suspended on either side by dental crowns. We attach the crowns to healthy adjacent teeth, and the pontic sits in the space and offers an esthetic solution while also restoring healthy function.
Contact Us About Dental Crowns & Bridges in Fredericksburg!
Do you have damaged teeth but aren’t sure where to start? Please contact Blue Bird Dentistry at (540) 373-1641 to arrange an appointment with Dr. Elnahass. Our dentist will evaluate your needs, talk to you about your goals and expectations, and personalize a treatment plan to get your oral health back on track.