Veneers and Crowns in Fairfax Virginia
Veneers and Crowns in Fairfax, Virginia
Crowns are synthetic--typically made of a material like porcelain. Crowns are placed on the top of a tooth and are used to restore a tooth's function, stability and appearance.
At Natural Horizons Wellness Centers when tooth decay has become so advanced that large volumes of the tooth must be removed and replaced, crowns are often used to rebuild or restore the tooth.
At Natural Horizons Wellness Centers we use crowns to attach bridges, cover implants and prevent a cracked tooth from becoming a problem. We implement crowns with an existing filling in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated.
Crowns also serve an aesthetic use. For example, crowns can be applied when a discolored, small, or misaligned tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.
What Is the Crown Procedure Like?
The tooth must usually be resized and reduced to accommodate a crown. We customize the tooth in a cast. The cast is made of the existing tooth and the impression is made of the tooth.
Our impressions are sent to a special lab, which manufactures a custom-designed crown in the USA. In rare cases, a temporary crown is applied until the permanent crown is available.
Upon delivery of the US made custom crown we cement a permanent crown in place.
Crown vs. Veneers
Veneers are similar, but different than crowns. Veneers are typically applied only to relatively small areas in and around teeth.
Quality and consistent cleaning- proper care, a good strong crown (US MADE) could last up to eight years or longer. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration. Schedule your custom crown cleaning at Natural Horizons Wellness Centers today.
Specific behaviors such as jaw clenching, teeth grinding--significantly shorten the life of a crown. Eating brittle foods, ice, or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown. Preventing damage of the crown requires focus on cleaning and chewing the right foods.
Veneers Fairfax, VA
Teeth with gaps, chips, discoloration or misalignment can now be treated with fantastic outcomes. Natural Horizons Wellness Centers uses conservative porcelain veneers. Veneers are natural in appearance, and are a perfect alternative for patients, especially clients wanting to make minor adjustments to the look and feel of their smile.
Teeth Fillings: No Mercury Amalgam
Traditional dental fillings, include gold, porcelain, and composite. Natural Horizons Wellness Centers believes in copper free fillings. Many amalgam fillings contain mercury. The dental health community has questioned the safety of using amalgam fillings in the treatment of tooth decay.
Mercury has long been identified as a poison, and cannot legally be thrown in the garbage or buried in the ground in the United States.
Mercury can also be absorbed into the body through the mouth and can be found in the bloodstream. The issue is not whether or not mercury is dangerous to use when it comes to filling cavities, but whether enough mercury is present to cause long-term health problems in patients.
Many countries have passed legislation that prevents the use of mercury fillings to treat tooth decay. Natural Horizons Wellness Centers has taken this stance. We provide the removal and replacement with fillings that contain mercury.