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Crowns And Bridges Specialist

First Smile Dental

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Alexandria, VA

Cracked or missing teeth can destroy your self-confidence. But at First Smile Dental in Alexandria, Virginia, you receive expert care. Keehong Kwon, DDS, and Erika Mogrovejo, DDS, offer a wide range of treatments, including crowns and bridges. Crowns help protect a damaged or fragile tooth. Dental bridges also provide a secure, natural-looking replacement for missing teeth. Let the First Smile Dental Team help you repair your smile. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What is a crown?

If you have a cracked or broken tooth, you may need a crown. A crown is an artificial covering designed to look like your natural tooth. A custom-made crown can restore your tooth's appearance. Crowns also protect a fragile tooth from breakage or decay.

The First Smile Dental team may also recommend crowns if you have missing teeth. Without a dental implant, crowns can't replace a missing tooth, but they can help to anchor a bridge.

What is a bridge?

A bridge offers a natural-looking replacement for missing teeth. Each bridge is made up of one or more replacement teeth. A bridge also contains one or more crowns, located on each side of the bridge.

To install a bridge, the First Smile Dental team attaches each crown to one of your natural teeth. The crowns hold your bridge firmly in place. Your bridge can't be removed, except by your provider. There's no need to worry about your bridge shifting. You can eat, talk, and smile with confidence. 

What dental problems do crowns and bridges correct?

Crowns can fix cracked, stained, or worn-down teeth. They also protect teeth that have undergone a root canal procedure. If you have a fragile or broken tooth, a crown can prevent further damage. But they can't replace a missing tooth.

Bridges are an excellent option for missing teeth. They're more secure than dentures and provide a snug fit. The process of installing a bridge is also noninvasive and requires no gum surgery. 

How are crowns and bridges placed?

At First Smile Dental, your provider begins with a personalized consultation. They examine your mouth and take X-rays. Once your exam is complete, your provider reviews your options. They help you choose a treatment that's right for you.

If you opt for a crown or bridge, the team works with you to select the right material and shade. Each crown or bridge is custom-made in a dental laboratory. Your provider shapes the tooth to ensure that it matches your natural teeth. 

Once your crown or bridge is ready, your provider prepares the tooth that will receive a crown. Your provider may need to drill or file the tooth. Next, they affix the crown to your tooth.

After your procedure, you may need to avoid certain foods for a few days. You might also need to change your dental care routine. Your provider can explain how to care for your new crown or bridge at home. 

Are you unhappy with the appearance of your teeth? First Smile Dental can help. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.