Crowns and Bridges
It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible. If not treated, the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift inward. Since teeth use their neighbors for support, if one is missing they begin to “fall” and shift into the open spaces. This may worsen the bite because of the changes in pressure and can eventually result in problems with the jaw such as TMJ. Fuller Dental in Burlington, NC offers crowns and bridges to restore and enhance teeth that are damaged or to take the place of missing teeth.
A crown (also referred to as a cap) is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth and is permanently bonded into place. A crown not only strengthens a tooth, but it can dramatically improve a tooth’s appearance, shape and alignment. Dental crowns are stain and decay resistant and can last for many years. Dental crowns can be color matched to blend seamlessly with your smile for beautiful results. Crowns may be used to:
- Replace a large filling when there is little tooth structure remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
A bridge is an ideal method to “bridge” a gap created by missing teeth. A bridge is one or more artificial teeth cemented into place using the teeth on either side for support. When the natural teeth are used to support the bridgework, a dental crown is typically placed to provide additional support and stability. This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science since it replaces a missing tooth both functionally and cosmetically. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material made to match your natural tooth color. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and aesthetics.
What to Expect
Dr. Fuller will first perform a comprehensive consultation and assessment at his Burlington, NC dentist office to determine if a dental crown or a dental is right for you. He will examine the teeth, gums, mouth, and jaw joints to diagnose your condition. After that, he will prepare an individualized treatment plan that addresses the health concerns as well as the cosmetic goals.
Next, your dentist will prepare the teeth to accommodate the dental bridge or crown. Old fillings or old crowns will be removed to create a solid foundation. Then we will take an impression of your mouth. The impression is sent to a dental lab where your crown or bridge will be custom made to fit your mouth and match your natural tooth color. A temporary crown or bridge will be placed into your mouth until your permanent crown or bridge is ready and cemented into place.
Bridges and crowns are very durable and can last a lifetime with extra care and good oral hygiene.