Crowns & Bridges in Fairfax VA
Missing or damaged teeth can take a toll on your appearance as well as your ability to chew and speak properly. You may even avoid smiling or speaking.
We want to do everything we can to help you achieve the best possible oral health. Restoring a damaged smile has many benefits, not the least of which is protecting your long-term oral health. Aside from that, your confidence can also receive a big boost when you know your smile is as healthy and beautiful as it can be.
A dental crown fits over the entire tooth to restore its shape and size and provide support. At our Fairfax, VA dental office, we start by preparing your natural tooth so that the crown will fit perfectly, then taking an impression. We’ll fit you with a temporary crown that you’ll need to keep for about two weeks, then return to our office so we can place the crown securely over your tooth.
Crowns are most often used to reinforce a weakened tooth, strengthen a tooth that may become brittle after root canal treatment, or as a dental implant restoration. Our crowns are fabricated at a high-quality dental lab to our exact specifications. We create beautiful, durable crowns that are sure to exceed your expectations!
CEREC Same-Day Crowns
It’s simply not convenient for many of our patients to have to return to our Fairfax, VA dental office for a second appointment to receive their permanent crown.
If you're interested in streamlining the process of having a crown placed, convenient same-day CEREC crowns are made from porcelain and are just as durable and long-lasting as traditional dental crowns. The biggest advantage to choosing same-day crowns is that you don’t need to return to our office for multiple visits.
With CEREC, we start by preparing your tooth as we would for a traditional crown. Next, Dr. Fairfax takes an image of your tooth and uses it to create a model for constructing your new CEREC crown. Following the contours of this model, we construct your new crown from a block of porcelain. The entire process from start to cementing of the crown takes just a couple of hours.
We can also use this method to create inlays and onlays in just one visit.
Fixed Dental Bridges
If you are missing one or two teeth, you might not think it’s such a big deal to fill in the space left behind. But each of your teeth has an important job to do, and when one or two are missing, your other teeth tend to slide in to fill in the space.
The process for creating a dental bridge starts with preparing the teeth for dental crowns, taking impressions, then sending those to a dental lab for fabrication. At your next visit, we’ll adjust your custom-made bridge as necessary to ensure a perfect fit and a fully functioning tooth.
A dental bridge is a great option for filling in the gaps left by adjacent missing teeth. The bridge is usually a single unit that includes one or more artificial teeth that are held in place by crowns attached to the adjacent teeth.
Another possibility for dental bridge placement at our Fairfax, VA dental office is to use a dental implant to anchor the bridge. This reduces a common complaint we hear about dental bridges—that they place undue stress on the natural teeth that surround it.
Would you like to learn more about our options for restoring your healthy smile? Please call your Fairfax, VA top dentist Dr. Fairfax & Associates, and we’ll be happy to make an appointment for a consultation at your convenience.