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Are you dealing with a cracked tooth? Did you just recently lose a permanent tooth? If so, our Huntersville, SC, dentist, Dr. JC Duncan, is here to tell you more about dental crowns and bridges and how they could improve your smile.

What is a dental crown?

Chances are good that you know what a dental crown is, but just in case you don’t this restoration is designed to look just like the crown of a tooth. It’s completely hollow so that it can fit over a tooth to become its new and improved outer surface. A dental crown is often made from durable tooth-colored materials such as porcelain or composite resin.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a prosthetic device that is designed to replace one or more missing teeth in a row. The pontic, or false teeth, sit between two dental crowns. These crowns are then cemented in place over healthy natural teeth to fill the gap where your missing tooth or teeth once were.

When are these restorations used?

While the main purpose of a dental bridge is to replace one or more missing teeth, a dental crown offers a variety of other purposes. Our Huntersville general dentist might recommend a dental crown if:

  • You have a weak or worn tooth
  • You have just undergone root canal therapy
  • You have a tooth that is cracked or fractured
  • You have a tooth with severe decay that a dental filling can’t support
  • You have a tooth that is malformed or severely discolored
  • You are getting a dental implant or a dental bridge to replace missing teeth

If you don’t treat tooth loss, eventually the rest of your natural teeth will begin to shift into the open gap where your teeth once were. As a result, your smile may become crooked or misaligned. To prevent this, and other tooth loss complications from happening to you, it’s important to seek treatment right away if you are dealing with tooth loss.

Do you have questions about getting dental crowns and bridges in Huntersville, SC? Are you wondering if one of these restorations is right for you? Then it’s time you called our dental office to learn more.

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.