Dental Crowns and Bridges in Greenville, SC
Dental crowns and bridges are two of the dental restorations most commonly used by Dr. Matthew Warner. These small devices are used to recreate the appearance of natural, healthy teeth. The skill of the dentist placing a crown or bridge is directly correlated to how good the restoration looks and feels. Therefore, you can understand why it is important to select a dentist like Willoughby Dental’s Dr. Warner, who has the talent and experience to deliver truly exceptional results.
What Are Crowns and Bridges?
Crowns and bridges are dental restorations that are cemented to existing teeth. Crowns are intended to rebuild teeth with significant structural damage or decay, or to cover a dental implant post that is placed in the jawbone. Crowns fit over the implant post or the remaining tooth structure. Bridges are designed to fill in the gap left by one or more missing teeth. Bridges attach to the teeth adjacent to the space and close the gap with an artificial tooth.
Do I Need a Crown or Bridge?
You may need a bridge if you are missing one or more teeth. Closing the gap left by a missing tooth is good for appearance and oral health. It prevents the remaining teeth from shifting around in the mouth or drifting into the empty space. Closing gaps also reduces the risk of developing gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
You may need a crown if you have a:
- fractured or badly cracked or chipped tooth
- weak tooth at risk of fracturing
- dental implant
- oddly-shaped tooth
- tooth that has had a root canal
- large filling that needs to be replaced, but not enough tooth structure remaining
Crowns and bridges are custom-created to blend in with the surrounding natural teeth.
Your crown or bridge will be created to your exact specifications and preferences. The restoration should blend in seamlessly with your surrounding natural teeth.
First, the tooth receiving the restoration will be prepared. Dr. Warner will remove a small amount of tooth structure to make room for the restoration. He will take an impression that serves as a mold for your crown or bridge. Together, you will select the shade of your restoration so it matches the rest of your teeth.
While your permanent restoration is being fabricated, Dr. Warner may place a temporary restoration to help you chew, speak and smile normally. Wearing the temporary is also a good opportunity to provide feedback about its fit and appearance that can help tweak your permanent crown or bridge.
Once your permanent restoration is ready, Dr. Warner will remove the temporary restoration. If it’s a crown, it will be placed over the prepared tooth and cemented into place. If it’s a bridge, it will be mounted in place with the two crowns covering the teeth on either side of the gap and the artificial tooth fitting into the space. The entire bridge will then be cemented.
Dr. Warner will check your crown or bridge for fit and comfort. Any last-minute adjustments can be made on the spot as needed. Finally, the restoration will be polished so it looks flawless in your mouth.
With the proper oral hygiene habits and regular check-ups, crowns and bridges can last for many years. Dr. Warner will give you instructions for caring for your new restoration and advise when to return for follow-up care.
Crowns and Bridges FAQs
When are dental crowns used?
Crowns are used to restore and protect teeth that are damaged, decayed, or cracked.
When are dental bridges used?
Bridges are used to close the gap left by a missing tooth.
What are crowns and bridges made from?
Crowns and bridges can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal or gold materials. Dr. Warner prefers porcelain for its natural look.
Will my crown or bridge match my surrounding teeth?
Yes. A properly constructed crown or bridge should match your surrounding natural teeth and blend seamlessly into your smile.
Learn More about Crowns and Bridges
To learn more about receiving a crown or bridge, please call (864) 546-4242 or email Dr. Warner and the Willoughby Dental team today.