Dental Crowns and Bridges
We take lost and damaged teeth very seriously. Our crowns and bridges provide the restoration results you need to smile proudly and confidently.
Dental Crowns and Bridges in Steele Creek, NC
Dental crowns and bridges are effective restorations when teeth are lost or severely damaged. Our crowns and bridges look natural and offer much-needed assistance with chewing and speaking. We use high-quality materials in our crowns and bridges to ensure the restorations last as long as possible and provide exceptional performance. We ensure your dental crowns and bridges blend in seamlessly with your existing teeth and function like natural teeth.
What is a dental crown?
Dental crowns are used when a tooth has a very large filling that exceeds the natural tooth structure, your tooth had root canal therapy or for cosmetic reasons.
Dental crowns have many applications. The first is to be installed over a damaged tooth to cap the existing structure, which restores the damaged tooth so it can be used normally. Crowns can also be attached to dental implants to replace missing teeth; these implants will be surgically inserted into the jawbone and serve as the root for the tooth. This procedure keeps the crown steady and secure.
Additionally, dental crowns may also be used to provide extra support for dental bridges. They do not require any special treatment and can be brushed and flossed as normal.
How long do dental crowns last?Dental crowns usually last around 15 years with proper maintenance. If patients take exceptional care of their dental crowns, they can last up to 30 years! Below are some warning signs to look out for to know if your dental crown should be replaced:
- Receding gum line
- Pain or swelling around the dental crown site
- Noticeable wear and tear
- Chipping or cracking
If you are unsure whether or not your dental crown should be replaced, reach out to your dentist. Visiting your dentist every 6 months will ensure your dental crowns last as long as possible!
What is a dental bridge?
Dental bridges are commonly used when a patient has lost one or more teeth. They are called bridges because they consist of one or more replacement teeth that bridge the gap that was created when the original teeth became lost. Dental bridges can be secured using abutment crowns on each end or by using permanently installed precision metal mechanisms. We custom design each component of a dental bridge to ensure that it looks natural and provides the desired performance.
How long does a dental bridge last?Dental bridges can last at least 5-7 years with proper care. If you visit your dentist every 6 months and practice good oral hygiene, they could last for more than 10 years!To make sure your dental bridge lasts as long as possible, be mindful of teeth grinding.
How do temporary dental crowns work?
There are a few steps your dentists will follow in putting on a dental crown. Crowns typically begin with taking an impression of your upper and lower dental arches to create a replica of your teeth so a permanent crown will fit securely on the base of the tooth being crowned without letting any bacteria enter underneath the tooth structure.
Most dentists take this impression and send it off to a dental laboratory for the permanent dental crown to be built. To get the impression correct for the permanent dental crown, they must shape the tooth base below it, which could leave your tooth vulnerable in the short period between the impression being made and the permanent dental crown being delivered. Temporary dental crowns are used to ensure your tooth is protected during this period.
Contact us if you have any questions about dental crowns and bridges or if you would like to schedule a consultation.