If you have a missing or severely damaged tooth or teeth, consult Dr. Shahrokh Soltani, an expert cosmetic dentist, today. He can help restore your tooth’s appearance and function with a crown or bridge, depending on your dental needs. These fixed prosthetic devices are permanently placed in your mouth to blend naturally with your existing teeth. Men and women in the Washington, D.C. area can call My Face, My Smile to learn more about how crowns and bridges can enhance your smile. Alternatively, you can also use the online booking agent for easy appointment scheduling.
A crown covers a damaged tooth, providing it with a better appearance or shape. It offers extra strength to existing, compromised teeth or replaces a missing tooth altogether in the case of implants.
The material used for a crown depends on its placement and your goals. Dr. Soltani can counsel you on the benefits of porcelain or ceramic crowns, which match the color of your natural teeth.
Gold and metal alloys can also be used and are stronger, but are typically only placed on the back teeth. The best option is often a crown that has a metal shell but is covered with porcelain to provide both strength and a natural appearance.
Crowns are solutions to damaged or missing teeth. They’re made from a mold of your teeth to fit your mouth’s shape and look. Dr. Soltani may recommend a crown in the following cases:
Dr. Soltani may recommend a bridge if you’re missing an entire tooth or several teeth. It’s essential to fill the empty gaps to prevent your existing teeth from shifting, misaligning your bite, or affecting your mouth’s appearance and health.
Dr. Soltani cements a bridge to your existing teeth or crowns, so they span the gaps where you’re missing teeth. The bridge contains a series of false teeth – known as pontics – that look and feel natural.
You care for bridges and crowns just as you do your natural teeth – with regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings. If you keep up with dental hygiene, crowns and bridges can last a lifetime.
Decay and gum disease in the area surrounding your crown can cause it to lose support. If your crown or bridge does become loose, call the office to schedule an appointment and have it fixed right away.