Crowns and Bridges
A broken or missing tooth can impact nearly every facet of life. Perhaps you are having difficulty eating your favorite foods because of pain, or a jagged tooth is creating a sore on your tongue or cheek. In other cases, a fractured or missing tooth can impact your smile, so you might avoid smiling and laughing or cover your mouth to hide your smile.
At Swansboro Family Dentistry, we can help you have a smile that looks nice, and that makes it possible to chew and speak normally again using modern dental crowns and bridges.
The Difference between Crowns and Bridges
A dental crown repairs a damaged tooth while a dental bridge fills in the gap left by a knocked-out or extracted tooth.
Dental crowns come in all-porcelain, porcelain on metal, and full gold varieties. Typically, patients prefer a dental crown that matches their other teeth perfectly. For posterior (back) teeth, many people opt for porcelain and metal or full gold because of their longevity and durability, especially in cases when teeth grinding is a chronic issue. Dr. Craig Brown, or one of our associate dentists, will discuss your options and help you make a choice that works best for you.
Our dental bridges are custom designed to blend in with your natural teeth for a smile you feel proud to show off.
The Crown and Bridge Process
While dental crowns and bridges serve two different purposes, the process of getting them is similar. For dental crowns, your dentist will remove all signs of decay and build up the tooth structure to support a dental crown. Because your comfort is our top priority, we will never begin a procedure until your tooth is completely numb.
We will then make a temporary crown to protect the tooth until your final crown arrives from our dental lab. Once we receive your new restoration, your dentist will bond it permanently to the tooth and make any small adjustments to its surface to ensure a perfect fit.
A dental bridge requires us to prepare two healthy adjacent teeth to anchor an artificial tooth in place, filling the gap in your smile. Our local dental technicians will create your dental bridge out of a single piece of porcelain, which your dentist will bond to the teeth on either side of your missing tooth. The results will give you chewing function and a complete smile again!
Caring for Dental Crowns and Bridges
Common sense caution and excellent dental health habits will help you get the most out of your dentistry. Brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss at least once. You will need a small brush or floss threader to clean around your dental bridge.
It’s also a good idea to avoid biting into anything that could damage your dentistry. Ice, hard candies, and sticky foods are some of the main culprits.
Regular dental exams and cleanings in our Swansboro dental office will round out your dental care and help you get the most out of your investment. With the proper attention, your new dentistry will last for many years to come.
Contact Swansboro Family Dentistry to arrange an appointment or if you have questions about how to improve your oral health and smile.