Missing, broken, or damaged teeth detract from your smile. The appearance and function of your smile are impacted, your self-esteem may take a blow, and your oral health is affected. At Radiant Smiles Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer dental crowns and bridges to patients in Pineville and the greater Charlotte area. Crowns and bridges help restore damaged or missing teeth to complete your smile.
Dental crowns and bridges are both fixed dental restorations that are permanently bonded into place. Depending on the situation, they may be placed over a natural tooth or over a dental implant. Crowns and bridges are sturdy, long-lasting dental restorations. Dental restorations strengthen the tooth, protect it from further damage, and restore the tooth’s form and function.
Although crowns and bridges are both types of dental restorations, their forms and purposes differ.
The preparation and treatment expectations are slightly different for dental crowns and bridges. When a crown is used to cover a natural tooth, the damaged section of the tooth has to be removed first. This keeps the damage from getting worse. Once the decayed section is removed, impressions are taken of the teeth. The impressions and dentist’s notes are used to create a custom crown that matches your adjacent teeth in size, shape, and color.
Although there are different types of dental bridges, traditional bridges are the most common. Traditional bridges use crowns that are placed over the adjacent natural teeth or dental implants to secure the restoration. The adjacent teeth must be prepped for the crowns first. Impressions of the teeth are sent to an off-site laboratory for the creation of your custom, permanent bridge. The crowns and bridges are matched to your natural teeth to ensure a natural-looking result.