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Crowns & Bridges services offered in Washington DC

Dental crowns and bridges are versatile tools that can restore your smile. These treatments are among the services available from Walter J Grace, DDS, an outstanding Washington, DC. dentist. Learn more about the benefits of crowns and bridges during your one-on-one consultation, which you can book online or over the phone today.

Crowns & Bridges Q & A

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is an artificial “cap” that covers all visible areas of a natural tooth. These restorations are durable and natural-looking, giving you a chance to save a tooth and preserve a healthy bite.

There are several materials from which to choose when getting a new crown. The most natural-looking material is porcelain, which has lifelike, tiny variations in color, just like natural teeth.

Crowns can be installed on molars in the back of your mouth or on your front teeth. No matter where your crown is positioned, Dr. Grace works hard to create the most beautiful and durable crown possible. 

What can dental crowns correct?

Dental crowns are versatile treatments that can address numerous needs at once. Some of the reasons you might consider getting a crown include:

  • Protecting a weak or worn down tooth
  • Supporting a tooth with a large filling
  • Restoring a broken or chipped tooth
  • Addressing a misshapen tooth
  • Correcting an abnormally small tooth
  • Covering a tooth after a root canal

Dental crowns are also the visible portion of a dental implant. 

What is the process for getting a dental crown?

During your initial visit, Dr. Grace gathers physical or digital impressions of your teeth. This provides information on the exact size, shape, and position of your teeth, allowing the dental lab to create a crown that fits perfectly within your smile. 

You’ll receive numbing medication before Dr. Grace removes a portion of your tooth tissue to make room for the crown. Another set of impressions is taken to guide the fabrication process. 

A temporary crown is cemented into place until the permanent version arrives, at which point the temporary crown is removed, the tooth is cleaned, and the permanent crown is secured using dental cement. 

What is a dental bridge?

Dental bridges are restorative treatments used to replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of one or more false teeth called pontics, which are secured in place by two dental crowns, one on either side. 

Bridges are a great way to correct a gap in your smile. They also help stabilize your bite, protecting your remaining natural teeth from excessive wear. They are also a more affordable tooth replacement option than dental implants.

If you’d like more information about dental crowns and bridges, call the office to set up a visit, or schedule it online today.