CROWNS AND BRIDGES
Crowns and Bridges
Every day, dentists perform crown restorations to fix various tooth and mouth issues. It’s a common procedure that is vitally important to protect and restore the function of the tooth. A crown protects broken and/or worn down teeth, as well as teeth with very large fillings. It’s also used to cover a dental implant or a dental bridge.
A dental crown is a fixed prosthetic restoration that is used in order to restore the shape, size and function of a damaged tooth. It is permanently cemented on tooth that has extensively decayed, cracked or damaged.
When attached, the crown completely encases the portion of the damaged tooth and it is custom made to fit over it.
It’s made of various materials, including porcelain, gold, ceramic or resin. The most common materials used are porcelain and gold. Porcelain crowns are more appealing and natural looking. It’s best for crowns that will be placed on the front teeth Gold on the other hand, is easier to use than porcelain and requires less tooth be drilled away. It is usually used on the back teeth.
A dental bridge is comprised of a fabricated tooth or teeth that fill the space where one or several teeth have been lost. It is an important restoration because the teeth on either side of the lost tooth can move and over time, this could lead to gum disease. A bridge is anchored in place on either side by crowns that are placed over existing teeth. It is an excellent alternative to dental implants, or it can be used in conjunction with it. Just like dental crowns, bridges are usually made with porcelain or gold.
For more information about crowns and bridges, please call our office.
Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 7.40 am to 4.30 pm
Fridays by appointment
Daniel Turnbull, D.D.S.
1148 Executive Circle, Ste 1
Cary, NC 27511