Crowns And Bridges Specialist

Brightwork Family Dentistry -  - Dentist

Brightwork Family Dentistry

Dentists located in Richmond, VA

Missing teeth affect more than your smile. Your teeth give your face structure and help you chew and speak properly. Dr. Benjamin J. Crowley can fit you with a porcelain crown or bridge to replace one or more teeth. Brightwork Family Dentistry provides patients in the Richmond, Virginia area with crowns and bridges.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What is a crown or a bridge?

Crowns and some bridges are fixed dental prosthetics, meaning they’re permanently affixed to your existing teeth. You can’t remove a crown nor most bridges yourself -- only your dentist can.

Are a crown and a bridge the same thing?

No. Just like the name suggests, a crown sits on top of a tooth to strengthen it or improve the appearance of a partially missing tooth, or correct the overall alignment of your teeth. Dr. Crowley can make a porcelain crown that is the same shade as your natural teeth, so it isn’t readily apparent that you have a replacement tooth. A bridge, on the other hand, is intended to replace more than one tooth. If you have two adjacent teeth missing, your smile and the position of your natural teeth can be affected by that space, making it difficult to eat or even speak. A bridge will be affixed to the anchor teeth (or implant) on each side of the gap when the space is filled. Both crowns and bridges take more than one office visit to complete.

Are crowns and bridges permanent?

Because both are affixed to existing teeth using methods that ensure they’re fitted correctly, crowns and bridges are intended to be permanent. However, trauma or loss of strength in your natural teeth can cause the crown or bridge to shift or even break. This is one good reason why you should practice good oral hygiene for both your natural teeth and artificial teeth, such as crowns and bridges. If you experience problems with a crown or bridge, Dr. Crowley can repair or replace the fixture. If you need a crown or a bridge, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Crowley. Dr. Crowley and his staff will gladly answer any questions you have regarding treatment. The practice is currently welcoming new patients and accepts most major forms of insurance.