Crowns & Bridges in Summerville, SC
Missing or broken-down teeth can detract from the natural beauty of our smiles and make it difficult to enjoy the foods we love. Crowns and bridges are both very common dental treatments that can help to restore your teeth to their proper form and function.
Crowns can help fix worn or damaged teeth, while dental bridges are an excellent option for replacing one or more teeth that are missing. With proper care and regular dental checkups and cleaning appointments, your crowns and bridges are made to last for many years to come and, thanks to new technology, they are designed to blend in perfectly with your natural teeth.
What Is a Dental Crown?
Teeth that have very large fillings or cavities, previous root canal treatment, or show signs of cracking, may require a crown to be fixed properly. To place a dental crown, we remove a small amount of the tooth to make space, and we take an impression of the area so we can fabricate a crown to fit the unique specifications of your mouth.
While tooth-colored fillings can seal a tooth and keep out further decay, dental crowns go a step further and both seal and protect teeth that have broken down due to decay or wear. Dental crowns can also be used to replace missing teeth when placed on top of a dental implant.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are an effective and long trusted option for replacing one to two teeth in a row. Traditional bridges utilize dental crowns to act as an anchor on each end of the restoration and have artificial teeth in the middle to bridge the gap created by missing teeth.
Bridges can also be supported by dental implants, which allow us to close a larger gap and replace more missing teeth. Implant-supported bridges are an excellent option for replacing multiple missing teeth and offer excellent stability and long-term success.
Who Is a Candidate for a Dental Bridge?
There are very few restrictions to using a dental bridge to replace teeth. However, they are best utilized when replacing only one or two teeth in a row. If you need more teeth replaced, then complete or partial dentures or an implant-supported restoration may be more suitable and have greater predictability.
Make An Appointment with Us Today!
If you have been living with a damaged tooth that needs some attention, or you have missing teeth and are ready to fill the gap and strengthen your chewing ability, give Tidewater Dentistry a call today. A member of our team will be happy to arrange a convenient appointment with Dr. Williamson so he can review your situation, evaluate your options, and make appropriate recommendations.