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By Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
December 31, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: crowns   Bridges  

Crowns and bridges provided by your Shelby, NC, dentist, Dr. Joseph Hendrick, offer important benefits for your smile. The restorations can fill gaps in your smile, restore damaged teeth, and even change the appearance of an unattractive tooth.

How crowns and bridges help your smile

Crowns are hollow restorations that fit over the tops of your teeth, covering them on all four sides. Before you receive a crown, your dentist reduces the size of your tooth to ensure that the crown will fit comfortably. He'll also make an impression of your mouth that will be used to create a natural-looking crown.

The restorations are made of durable materials that look just like natural tooth enamel. Porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, and resin are often used to make crowns.

During a visit to the Shelby dental office, your dentist may recommend a crown if:

  • Your Tooth Is Broken or Fractured: In addition to changing your appearance, a broken tooth can make eating difficult and may cut your mouth, lips, or tongue. Broken teeth may also be painful if they aren't covered by a crown. Once a crown is added, your tooth will look exactly as it did before it broke.
  • You Have a Fragile Tooth: Teeth can weaken due to the natural effects of aging, cracks, and certain dental procedures, such as large fillings and root canal therapy. Adding a crown to your tooth strengthens it and prevents it from breaking.
  • You're Unhappy with the Appearance of a Tooth: A crown can be a good option if you don't like the way your tooth looks. Adding a crown straightens a crooked or twisted tooth, extends a short tooth, and conceals discolorations and other flaws.
  • You're Restoring a Missing Tooth with a Dental Implant: Dental crowns are connected to dental implants to create new teeth. Just like natural tooth roots, your implants are securely attached to your jawbone, giving your new tooth the strength it needs to bite and chew all types of foods.

Bridges restore one or two missing teeth. They're made up of artificial teeth attached to crowns on either side. The crown sections of the bridge fit over supporting teeth on either side of the gap in your mouth, firmly anchoring your bridge. Bridges improve your appearance, prevent other teeth from shifting, and make eating much easier.

Could crowns and bridges help your smile? Call your dentist in Shelby, NC, Dr. Joseph Hendrick, at (704) 484-0077 to schedule your appointment.

By Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
February 26, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   Bridges  

A broken or missing tooth, even if it does not hurt, can cause a myriad of problems or even tooth loss. However, restorative dental care can help you replace your missing teeth and strengthen or repair a broken or weakened tooth. With help from your Shelby, NC dentist Dr. Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, you can rejuvenate your smile with crowns and bridges.Bridges

What are crowns?
Crowns are a tooth-shaped, cap-like restoration fitted over a damaged tooth to stabilize and strengthen it. Crowns, usually made from porcelain and are non-removable and permanent. They are fabricated in a dental laboratory by a lab technician and customized to match your surrounding teeth, ensuring the most natural look possible. Crowns are most often used for the following reasons:

  • to protect a weakened tooth
  • to attach a bridge
  • to improve the appearance of a discolored or misshapen tooth
  • to protect a tooth after root canal therapy
  • to protect a tooth with a large filling

What are bridges? 
Unlike crowns, permanent bridges replace a missing tooth. A bridge does, however, use crowns on either side of the prosthetic tooth to anchor the restoration into place. Removable bridges attach to the teeth surrounding a gap using metal clasps. Bridges correct bite issues and bone loss caused by a missing tooth and prevent the remaining teeth from moving to compensate for a gap.

Am I a candidate for crowns or bridges? 
If you have a tooth which has been weakened by trauma, decay or other dental procedures, you would benefit from a crown. Additionally, if you have an unsightly tooth which you would like to see replaced, a crown can revive your smile. If you are missing a tooth and have two healthy teeth surrounding the gap, a bridge is best for you. Good candidates for these procedures are in good general and dental health and are able to undergo dental procedures without further problems. It is necessary for Shelby patients to have a strong at-home oral care routine as it is important to keep these dental restorations healthy and clean to maximize their lifetimes.

For more information on crowns or bridges, please contact Dr. Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS in Shelby, NC. Call (704) 484-0077 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Hendrick today!

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