Dental Crowns & Bridges – Angier, NC
Personalized, Natural-Looking Tooth Restorations
Tooth enamel is the strongest material in the human body, but because it’s inorganic, it’s unable to heal itself once it has been damaged. That’s where restorative dentistry comes in. The purpose of these dental treatments is to repair broken teeth or replace missing ones altogether. One popular way that our team at Accent Family Dentistry can accomplish that is with dental crowns and bridges. Dr. Brenda Gong, your dentist in Angier, can use these personalized, natural-looking tooth restorations to improve the health of your smile as well as its appearance. Read more below to learn how.
What Are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is cemented onto a decayed or injured tooth to restore its original function and structure. We usually recommend a dental crown to:
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials. For example, porcelain and ceramic are commonly used for front teeth since they can be customized to mimic your adjacent teeth, while gold and other metals are sometimes used for crowns placed over molars (back teeth) due to the higher durability they require to withstand chewing forces. Dr. Gong can discuss your options with you at your consultation.
What Are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge can replace one or even several missing teeth in a row in one fell swoop. The two teeth on either end of the gap in your smile have a dental crown placed over them, and one or more prosthetic teeth, known as pontics, are attached to literally bridge the gap in the middle.
Like crowns, bridges can only be removed by a dentist. For a sturdier, longer-lasting tooth replacement, a bridge can be anchored onto two dental implants rather than your remaining teeth. Again, Dr. Gong can discuss which type of bridge is right for you during your consultation.
Benefits of Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns and bridges have long been popular options to restore damaged or missing teeth, and it’s not hard to see why. Porcelain or ceramic crowns and bridges are individually designed to resemble your unique smile. People who don’t know you have a crown or bridge shouldn’t be able to distinguish between your restoration and your natural teeth.
No matter what materials they’re made of, crowns and bridges are strong enough to let you talk, eat, and smile confidently for several years with the right aftercare. Crowns protect an already vulnerable tooth from additional damage, while bridges prevent the teeth surrounding your gap from drifting out of place.
Learn More About Crowns and Bridges
If you have a significantly damaged tooth, or a space in your grin that you’d like to fill with a natural-looking tooth replacement, contact Accent Family Dentistry today to schedule a consultation for a dental crown or bridge. This treatment could be just the thing you need for a healthy, beautiful smile!