What are Crowns and Bridges?
By JC DUNCAN DDS, PA
May 11, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

The goal of restorative dentistry is to fix up your smile using custom dental devices and treatments. When there’s a dental issue, the ideal dental crownssolution is to preserve your original teeth and make them stronger. Learn more crowns and bridges, two popular restorative dental treatments that are offered at JC Duncan DDS, PA in Huntersville, NC.

Dental Crowns
A crown is a tooth covering that’s bonded to the outer surface of your tooth to give it strength and protect it from damage. The inside of the crown is shaped perfectly to cover your natural tooth after some enamel has been removed. The outside of the crown is indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth in its shade, size, shape and contour. Whenever the enamel of the tooth is damaged but the root of the tooth is still healthy, there’s a good chance that a dental crown will be the ideal solution.

Bridgework
When your problem is one or two missing teeth, a dental bridge is one possible fix. A bridge is a device that is made with two crowns on either side and one or two whole replacement teeth positioned at the center. The crowns keep the new teeth anchored in place so that you can chew your food and smile without a second thought. As is the case with crowns, your Huntersville dentist can design bridges that look just like the rest of your teeth. 

Who Is a Candidate for Crowns or Bridges?
Remember that in order to get a crown or bridge, you must have one or more teeth that have healthy, strong roots. If the root isn’t strong, the appliance will only be a very temporary fix to a more complicated problem. It’s also important that your gums are free from disease—if you have a problem with gum disease, periodontal therapy or bone grafting may be recommended in advance of a crown or bridge installation.

Talk to Your Dentist
If you think that crowns or bridges may be right for you, get confirmation from Dr. JC Duncan at his Huntersville, NC dentist office. Call the office at (704) 948-1300 today to schedule an appointment.

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