Crowns & Bridges: Which Option Is Best For You?
Sometimes, as a dentist in Matthews, we can use crowns and bridges to prevent damage, more extensive and costly dental work, and even tooth loss.
For example, we run the risk of nerve damage if a larger filling deteriorates. This could even fracture the root. Every high-risk tooth needs preventive treatment to save you money and time … and the tooth itself!
What is a crown?
A crown (sometimes called a cap) can be made of stainless steel, gold, porcelain… They’re strong and generally last for about 10 years or longer if you take good care of them by keeping your usual, regular homecare routine.
As a dentist at First In Smiles Dentistry in Matthews, we will prepare the tooth so our laboratory can create a custom-fitted crown that looks beautiful and functions like your real tooth. Once we permanently affix the new crown into place, your smile will look, feel, and work exactly as nature designed it to.
What is a bridge?
Bridges close the gap left by one or more missing teeth by using a combination of crowns and artificial teeth. It restores the look of your smile and redistributes the workload amongst your teeth more evenly.
There are several different kinds of bridges so when you require one, we’ll talk about options with you that will provide you with the best solution. And, similar to crowns, if you take proper care of your bridge by flossing and brushing every day, it should last for about 10 years or longer.