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Dental Crowns and Bridges

Dental Crowns and BridgesOver time, teeth become weakened by years of constant biting and chewing, as well as a regular diet of acid-rich foods and tooth-staining beverages. We may love our red wine, but sadly, our teeth do not.

Perhaps your teeth are marred by unsightly stains, or you suffer from chipped, cracked, or even broken teeth. Maybe nighttime grinding is finally taking its toll, or your dental filling fell out when sampling the wrong foods.

Whatever the cause, your teeth withstand much wear over the years, so it’s only natural to require some additional care from time-to-time. This is where dental crowns become an excellent remedy when your natural tooth needs a little extra help.

A dental crown provided by Goochland Dentistry will repair, support, and save a damaged tooth that needs restoration and in the process can offer cosmetic advantages too.

A crown is like a cap that fits snugly over your tooth. Instead of garish metal, these days they are made from porcelain for a much more realistic and natural-looking appearance. Porcelain crowns provide durability, unlike other materials, making them a fantastic alternative to your natural teeth.

For front-facing teeth, there’s no better aesthetic solution than Emax crowns. Made from a specialized type of glass called Lithium disilicate, an Emax crown provides an incredibly life-like substitute that can withstand heavy wear and tear. Dr. Murchie often recommends Emax crowns due to their phenomenal durability, strength, and attractive appearance.

Color-matching is available and based upon your natural teeth to create the flawless smile that you have always wanted. The team can assist you in choosing the correct color for your crown.

Once Dr. Murchie and you agree a dental crown is the best treatment for your situation, two appointments will be scheduled. At the first appointment, your tooth will be numbed so Dr. Murchie can remove the damaged or decayed areas of the tooth. Next, an impression will be made and provided to the dental lab so the crown can be custom-made to fit your tooth. Finally, Dr. Murchie will make you a temporary crown to wear while your actual crown is being made.

About a week later, at your second appointment, the actual crown will be cemented to your tooth and properly sized to accommodate your bite.

During this entire process, Goochland Dentistry will ensure your questions are answered and you are as comfortable as possible. You will receive great care from our highly trained and experienced team.

Bridges

Dental bridges are a great solution for missing teeth that we recommend for many of our patients at Goochland Dentistry. While a crown covers an existing (but damaged tooth), a bridge is used when teeth are missing. As the name suggests, this procedure serves to “bridge the gap” where there are missing teeth.

These bridges, also referred to as pontics, anchor to a crown on either side of the bridge, which holds everything together. A fixed bridge will not only repair missing teeth, but it will also preserve your bone health, as well, particularly within your jaw.

Most patients prefer a fixed bridge because it requires none of the constant maintenance and mess of a removable piece.

We use modern technology for the design process, with digital imaging capturing the intricate details of your mouth which allows us to create a more precise-fitting bridge. These impressions allow our team to custom-design a bridge that fits seamlessly between your two crowns. The software also enables us to offer color-matching, so your new bridge does not mar your smile in any way.

Whether you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, Dr. Murchie and his highly skilled team will combine a high-quality dental procedure with the care and compassion that you deserve.

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