Crowns and Bridges in Waynesboro, VA
Considering what we put our teeth through, it’s surprising that they last as long as they do! Our jaws exert an incredible amount of force as we chew, speak, and go about our day-to-day lives. Over time, the structure of your tooth can weaken, cracks can form, and you may require a dental restoration to protect and stabilize your tooth.
Dental Crowns to Protect Cracked Teeth
If one of your teeth sustains damage such as a crack, fracture, or deep decay, a dental crown can prolong the life of your tooth by years or even decades. A dental crown completely covers your natural tooth structure much like a helmet covers and protects your head. Your dental crown will absorb some of the force from chewing and hold your teeth securely together to prevent further damage.
Dental crowns come in a variety of materials, including porcelain, porcelain and metal, full metal, and full gold. The material that will work best for you depends largely upon your needs, the location of your tooth, and your preferences. Dr. Steve Browning and Dr. Michael Cunningham will make recommendations for your treatment and take your preferences into account so that you achieve the best results.
When placing a dental crown, we will remove enough of your tooth structure to make room for your restoration and take an impression of your teeth so that we can create a custom crown that fits great. We will create a quality temporary crown while our highly skilled dental lab creates your permanent restoration. Once we receive it, we will permanently bond it to your tooth structure and make any final adjustments to ensure a good fit and function.
Custom Fixed Dental Bridges
While we do our best to save our patients’ natural teeth, occasionally, tooth loss occurs. We know that it can be worrisome to have a gap in your smile because it makes eating and speaking difficult. It may also make you feel self-conscious about your appearance.
At Browning & Cunningham Family Dentistry, we provide reliable and aesthetic tooth replacement options to meet the needs and lifestyles of our patients. One of the most popular and effective methods to complete your smile is with a fixed dental bridge.
Fixed dental bridges use your adjacent teeth to anchor an artificial tooth in place. A bridge consists of two specialty crowns attached to your artificial tooth and requires us to prep your adjacent teeth for your restorations. Fixed dental bridges require special attention to keep them clean and free from food debris and bacteria. Keeping your gums healthy is essential to the longevity of your restorations.
We can design your fixed dental bridge to match your smile seamlessly so it looks completely natural. An evaluation with Dr. Steve Browning or Dr. Michael Cunningham will help us to determine the treatment options that will work best to replace your missing teeth.
Call Us Today to Schedule an Appointment
If you have damaged or missing teeth, contact our Waynesboro, VA dental office to schedule an exam and take the first step toward protecting your smile!