Crowns, Veneers, & Bridges

  • Restorative options in Arlington, Virginia.

    Sometimes when a tooth is damaged and an implant isn't a suitable option because of bone loss or other factors, the right treatment is to use a crown, bridge, or veneer to restore the look and function of the tooth. 

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns replace the structure, function, and esthetics of a damaged or defective tooth. This protects the tooth, and often nerve, from future damage. Crowns are all-ceramic, highly esthetic restorations that fully cover teeth.

Illustration of how a crown is placed on top of a tooth.

Crowns are expected to last 20-30 years assuming they are well cared for.

Scheduling

Crown appointments are usually scheduled in pairs. The first appointment is for prep, while the second is to seat the crown. Patients will normally be numbed at both appointments for comfort.

Appointments are scheduled for twice as long as the actual work will take. This is to allow time for room set up, breakdown, numbing, and fabrication of the temporary crown(s) for the prep appointment, and exposure of the postoperative image(s) for the seat appointment.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are an excellent second option when implants are not possible.

A bridge is used when we find healthy teeth on both sides of a space caused by a missing tooth. A bridge is oftentimes used to prevent shifting and to safeguard the integrity of existing teeth.

Depending on your overall esthetic goals, your bridge can be made from solid gold, porcelain, or a mixture of the two. A bridge will help you maintain a healthy vibrant smile that, with proper care, can last lifetime.

Dental Veneers

Achieve smile symmetry with porcelain dental veneers. Your new veneers will improve both your appearance and your confidence.

A veneer is a thin-wafer of porcelain that is placed over the visible parts of the tooth. Porcelain veneers do more than straighten teeth and make beautiful smiles, they close gaps, change appearance, straighten, and permanently whiten. Because veneers are thin, tooth preparation is minimal, which helps preserve natural teeth.

With proper care, your veneers can last a lifetime.