A guide to dental crowns and bridges in Charlottesville
Missing or damaged teeth can also damage your confidence, so it’s important for you to find a dentist you can trust for your tooth restoration needs. Dr. Olivia Hart of Richmond Family Dentistry combines advanced training and artistry for new teeth that look and feel like the “real thing.”
Crowns are caps placed over teeth to restore natural shape, appearance, and strength. They are a great option for damaged teeth that can’t be appropriately repaired with fillings, inlays, or onlays. A crown may repair a cracked filling, anchor a dental bridge, cover a dental implant, or be placed in conjunction with root canal therapy to save an infected tooth. In some instances, dental crowns cover teeth when porcelain veneers are not an option, and for cosmetic modifications, or to hide malformed or discolored teeth.
In children, crowns may be the only way to avoid extraction when a tooth is too decayed for a filling. They also serve as a protective measure for children who are at high risk of developing tooth decay, particularly those who can’t maintain proper oral hygiene.
The shade of your crown can be matched to surrounding teeth for a natural look. They last anywhere from five to fifteen years. Daily hygiene and avoiding habits such as grinding or clenching your teeth will help you get the most time out of your crowns.
Bridges replace missing teeth. Everyone’s mouth contains a specific number of teeth. This structure is necessary for chewing and maintaining the shape of your face. Just one missing tooth can cause a shift in the teeth, leading to an array of problems including problems with chewing, a sinking facial structure, and a misshapen smile.
A bridge is constructed of dental crowns on either side of the missing tooth, fused together with an artificial tooth or pontic. This multi-unit restoration literally “bridges the gap” of the missing tooth. Like crowns, they can last up to 15 years with proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Many patients are concerned with eating after placement of a dental bridge. Dr. Hart has found that replacing missing teeth with dental bridges actually improves chewing. It may be necessary to eat soft foods until you have become used to your bridges.
Dr. Hart is committed to the health and wellbeing of all her patients. In addition to quality care, every new patient will receive an oral cancer screening to identify any potential health risks. Call us today to schedule your appointment at Richmond Family Dentistry.