Crowns and bridges are a time-tested and reliable way to help restore damaged teeth or replace missing permanent teeth, restoring your smile so you can feel better about your appearance and maintain your dental health. Once they're in place, they'll look and feel just like natural teeth. Dr. Cynthia Bolton, your dentist in Reidsville, NC, has the information you need to make an informed decision about crowns and bridges.
What are crowns?
You've probably heard of crowns; hollow, tooth-shaped structures that fit over damaged natural teeth. In many cases, their purpose is to protect the tooth from further damage and keep the natural root structure intact. When your Reidsville dentist combines crowns with bridges, however, their function is to be the anchors for the bridge. The natural teeth on either side of the empty space are prepared to accommodate the crowns, which are cemented into place. This gives the whole restoration the stability it needs to be a long-lasting replacement for missing teeth.
What are bridges?
Although the restoration as a whole is sometimes referred to as a bridge, the actual bridge portion is the section that fills in the gap left by a missing tooth. Like a crown, it's tooth-shaped and typically made from a ceramic material that is painted and polished to look like a natural tooth. However, the bridge is solid and fits against the gums, fixed in place between the two crowned natural teeth. With proper care and regular checkups from your Reidsville dentist, you can expect your crowns and bridges to last about a decade before needing repair or replacement.
Ready to close the gap in your smile with crowns and bridges? Your first step is contacting the dental office of Dr. Bolton in Reidsville, NC to set up your initial consultation. We look forward to hearing from you today!