First Family Dental
General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Arlington, VA
By design, your teeth should last a lifetime, but decay, disease, and accidents can lead to damage or tooth loss. To repair the damage or replace missing teeth, crowns and bridges are the perfect solution. First Family Dental offers crowns and bridges to patients in Arlington, Virginia, restoring their ability to chew, smile, and speak with ease. To learn more about crowns and bridges, call or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.
Crowns and Bridges Q & A
What are dental crowns?
A dental crown is a cap for your tooth made from materials that mimic the natural coloring of your teeth, such as porcelain and ceramic. A dental crown is one of the most versatile tools in dentistry as it performs a number of functions, including:
- Protecting a cracked tooth
- Camouflaging a severely discolored tooth
- Covering a tooth that can no longer hold a filling
- Covering a tooth after a root canal procedure
- Providing an anchor for a bridge
- Attaching to a dental implant
The crowns First Family Dental provides fit in seamlessly with your existing teeth, allowing you to chew and smile with confidence.
What are dental bridges?
If you’ve lost one or more teeth, it’s important that you find a viable replacement option so that your surrounding teeth don’t shift out of place. As well, missing teeth can cause problems with the alignment in your jaws.
To prevent these issues, a bridge offers a perfect replacement solution. A bridge is an appliance that holds prosthetic teeth, and it attaches to your existing teeth through crowns on one or both ends, depending upon the location of your missing teeth.
Your dentist at First Family Dental cements your bridge into place, which provides excellent stability for your replacement teeth. These replacement teeth are ceramic or porcelain to provide you with a natural-looking row of teeth.
How long do crowns and bridges last?
Nothing beats your natural teeth when it comes to durability, but crowns and bridges can last for 10-20 years (or more) if you take good care of them. Porcelain and ceramic are strong materials, but they can still break, especially if you engage in certain activities, like chewing ice, biting your fingernails, or grinding your teeth. If you’re mindful of not placing any extra stress on these prosthetics, they can serve you well for many years.
As well, you should take good care of your bridges and crowns through vigilant at-home care, as well as through your regular dental check-ups and cleanings at First Family Dental.
To explore how bridges and crowns can help with your overall dental health, call First Family Dental, or request an appointment using the online booking feature.