Crowns And Bridges Specialist

Legacy Dental Care

Cosmetic, Family and General Dentistry located in Woodbridge, VA

Having cracked, severely worn, or missing teeth can greatly impact your life. Apart from being a source of discomfort or pain, these functional and aesthetic dental problems can make it harder to eat, affect your smile, and undermine your confidence in social situations. At Legacy Dental Care in Woodbridge, Virginia, Sowmya Punaji, DDS, offers a comprehensive menu of cosmetic and restorative dental solutions, including crowns and bridgework. Call today.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What are dental crowns? 


Also known as a cap, a dental crown is an artificial tooth that’s custom-made to fit over a tooth that’s severely worn, cracked, weak, or discolored. It’s a quick, simple, and highly effective way to restore strength and function as well as appearance. Dr. Punaji can use a crown to:

  • Hide a cracked or chipped tooth
  • Cover a severely stained tooth
  • Restore a misshapen or worn tooth 
  • Strengthen or protect a weak tooth

Made from high-tech dental ceramics, crowns are also the go-to restorative solution for capping off a dental implant or attaching a bridge. 

What is a dental bridge? 

If you’ve lost one or more of your permanent teeth, a dental bridge can fill the gaps in your smile flawlessly. Designed to blend in perfectly with your natural teeth, custom dental bridges may be made up of one or more artificial teeth.

To “bridge the gap” created by missing teeth, bridges are permanently cemented into place using your natural teeth on either side for support. The three main types of dental bridges are:

Implant-supported bridge

As the most durable type of bridgework available, an implant-supported bridge is supported on either side by dental implants. Because implants stimulate the underlying jawbone, this type of bridgework is especially strong and resilient. 

Tooth-supported bridge

A tooth-supported bridge is attached to your natural teeth. Because it’s slightly less stable than an implant-supported bridge, it requires attentive care and maintenance to last as long. 

Resin-bonded bridge

This tooth-supported bridge includes resin wings that are bonded to your support teeth for increased strength and durability. 

How do I care for my crown or bridge?

Long-lasting, high-tech dental materials and advanced restorative techniques mean that you can expect your dental crown or bridge to last for many years to come. To make your crown or bridge last as long as possible, however, it’s important to maintain good dental habits and excellent oral hygiene. 

This means caring for your restoration as well as you care for your natural teeth — brush thoroughly, floss at least twice a day, and avoid using your teeth to open bottles or tear into packages. 

To prevent the formation of hidden decay, you should take extra care to clean the area where your crown meets your gums, or where your bridge meets your natural teeth.  

To learn more about crowns, bridges, or any of the restorative dental offerings at Legacy Dental Care, call the office today.