Crowns & Bridges

Deidra Kokel, DDS

Dentists located in Leesburg, VA

With modern advances in cosmetic dentistry like crowns and bridges, there’s no excuse for not having the smile you deserve. Dr. Deidra Kokel provides crowns and bridges to enhance smiles of the women and men in and around Leesburg, Virginia. Using cutting-edge technology, Dr. provides same-day crowns, so you can leave the office in only a few hours with a transformative dental appliance, rather than waiting weeks between appointments. To find out more, call or click today.

Crowns & Bridges Q & A

Deidra Kokel, DDS

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are caps that cover teeth to protect it or to restore it to good health. Dr. Kokel may recommend a crown if you come to the office with one of the following problems:

  • A tooth that may fracture
  • A tooth that underwent a root canal
  • A filling that needs replacing
  • A damaged or discolored tooth
  • A replacement tooth that needs a makeover

Crowns are custom-made to match the appearance and function of your natural tooth.

What are bridges?  

Dental bridges are custom-made, fixed prosthetic devices to fill the gaps in your smile caused by multiple missing teeth. This sturdy, long-lasting dental appliance improves your smile and prevents the harmful shifting of surrounding teeth.

How are crowns placed?

Dr. Kokel proudly offers same-day crowns possible through computer-aided design courtesy of Planmeca. In just one appointment, you can leave the office with a state of the art dental crown.

First, Dr. Kokel prepares your tooth by reducing its size to ensure a good fit for your crown. Next, she uses digital imaging to take impressions of your tooth and inputs that information into a computer that creates your crown.

Dr. Kokel bonds the finished porcelain crown onto your tooth with an adhesive, and the procedure takes no more than two to three hours.

How are bridges placed?

Placing a bridge typically takes two visits to Dr. Kokel’s office. Using impressions of your teeth, Dr. Kokel orders your custom-made bridges from a dental lab. Once your bridges arrive, she bonds them to neighboring teeth to fill the gap in your smile.

After getting your bridges, Dr. Kokel you schedule a follow-up appointment, so she can assess how you’re adjusting to the new prosthetic teeth.

How long do crowns and bridges last?

Ensuring a long lifespan for your crown or bridge hinges on how well you take care of them. As long as you brush and floss regularly, maintain regular cleanings and checkups with Dr. Kokel, and eat a balanced diet that minimizes sugary food, your crown or bridge should last at least ten years.

Because your mouth naturally changes as you age, slight adjustments to your dental appliance throughout the years may be necessary.

To schedule a consultation about crowns or bridges with Dr. Kokel, simply call or click today.