Crowns And Bridges

Dental NV

Shahrokh Soltani, DMD

Cosmetic Dentistry located in Sterling, VA

If you have missing or damaged teeth that you’d like to replace or restore, Shahrokh Soltani, DMD, an expert cosmetic dentist, can help. At Dental NV, Dr. Soltani uses crowns and bridges to restore the function and appearance of your damaged or missing tooth. These fixed prosthetic devices are permanently affixed to your smile, where they blend in seamlessly with the rest of your natural teeth. Men and women in Sterling, Virginia, area can learn more about crowns and bridges by calling the offices of Dental NV or scheduling a visit online.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What is a crown?

A crown is an artificial tooth cap that covers a damaged tooth to improve its appearance or shape. Crowns provide extra strength to compromised teeth or, in the case of dental implants, can replace a missing tooth altogether.

What are crowns made of?

Crowns are made from a wide range of materials. Dr. Soltani can help you choose a crown material that’s best suited for its placement in your mouth and for your dental and aesthetic goals, such as:

Porcelain or ceramic

Porcelain or ceramic crowns match the color of your natural teeth and provide excellent cosmetic benefits.

Gold and alloys

Gold crowns are incredibly strong but are typically only used on the back teeth because of their color.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal

These crowns have a metal shell that’s covered in porcelain, giving you both strength and a natural appearance.

Why do I need a crown?

Crowns are an effective solution for replacing missing teeth and reinforcing damaged teeth. Some of the situations in which Dr. Soltani might recommend a crown are:

  • To protect or restore a weak tooth that’s vulnerable to further damage
  • To cover a dental implant or a tooth with a large filling
  • To mask discolored or misshapen teeth
  • To cover and reinforce a tooth that’s had a root canal

Dr. Soltani uses 3D technology to better guide his decision to recommend crowns.

Crowns are made from a mold of your teeth, as they fit in seamlessly and comfortably with your mouth’s shape and look.

What is a dental bridge?

If you’re missing an entire tooth or several teeth, Dr. Soltani might recommend replacing them with a bridge. A bridge is a series of false teeth, called pontics, that Dr. Soltani permanently affixes to your existing teeth or crowns, where they span the gaps where you’re missing teeth.

Bridges provide a wide range of health benefits by filling in the empty gaps in your smile. This prevents your existing teeth from shifting out of place, misaligning your bite, or negatively impacting the appearance and health of your mouth.

How long do bridges and crowns last?

Bridges and crowns can last a lifetime if you maintain good dental hygiene. They can be cared for just like your natural teeth, with regular brushing, flossing, and dental cleaning appointments.

Just like your natural teeth, decay and gum disease in the area surrounding your bridge or crown can affect its support. If your bridge or crown feels loose, book a visit with the Dental NV office to have it fixed immediately. You can book your visit by phone or online.