For crowns and bridges call 828-264-3211
Crowns and bridges are used 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. A crown not only strengthens a tooth, but it can dramatically improve a tooth’s appearance, shape and alignment. Crowns can be made from different material such as porcelain, porcelain to metal (PFM), Zirconia, or Gold. The dentist will talk to you about which material will be best for the tooth you need crowned.
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
Call 828-264-3211 to discuss dental crown and bridge work.
A bridge is an ideal method to fill the space created by missing teeth. A bridge is one or more artificial teeth cemented into place using the teeth on either side for support. 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. 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.
Bridges and crowns are made by first taking 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 very long time with extra care and good