Crowns and Bridges in Durham
Complete your smile with tooth replacement at Stead Willis DMD.
Do you have a broken, damaged, or missing tooth? Don’t panic. Dr. Stead Willis can use crowns and bridges to restore your teeth in both appearance and function.
Crowns and bridges are custom-made tooth replacements that are cemented onto teeth and stay firmly in place. They look and feel natural so that you feel confident with a complete, functional smile.
Crowns and bridges restore:
A crown is recommended for a fractured, cracked tooth or a large filling replacement. A bridge is recommended if you entirely lose one or multiple teeth, creating a gap in your smile. Getting a crown or bridge is a simple process. Most crowns can be done on the same day in our office.
The tooth or teeth are prepped for the crown or bridge to be cemented on.
After preparing the area, the dentist takes an impression of the mouth so that an exact crown or bridge is created to look and feel like your natural tooth.
Once complete, the crown or bridge is cemented on, and we make sure it’s completely comfortable for you to wear. We also check the bite and functionality.
Discover dentistry restoration options with crowns and bridges in Durham.
Is a bridge better than a crown?
Bridges and crowns are tooth restoration options based on different needs. Crowns are ideal for individual teeth, while bridges are used to replace one or multiple missing teeth surrounded by teeth or dental implants.
What are dental crowns and bridges?
Dental crowns and bridges are effective solutions to restoring or replacing missing teeth.
Crowns are used for decaying or broken teeth, damaged teeth, extremely misshapen teeth, or to cover a dental implant or root canal. A crown is like a cap, covering the tooth or implant to make it complete.
Bridges replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth that are in between standing teeth or dental implants. Bridges work to “bridge” the gap between teeth.
If there’s a missing tooth, the gap can cause surrounding teeth to shift, and a bridge fixes this by filling the space. A bridge is cemented onto abutments such as teeth or an implant that surround the opening – this provides an anchor for the new tooth replacement.
Both restorative dentistry solutions look natural, feel natural, and give you the function of a natural tooth.
How long do a crown and bridge last?
Dental crowns and bridges can last for ten years or more. With good oral hygiene, you can extend the life of your dental work.
Even with tooth replacements, it’s important to maintain regular dentist appointments to ensure your oral health and check the integrity of your dental work.
Is a bridge more expensive than a crown?
A bridge and crown are used to treat a different problem, so the cost varies. Crowns typically cost less than bridges because crowns cover an individual tooth instead of a bridge covering multiple teeth.
Costs vary depending on each patient. Please contact Stead Willis DMD in Durham for a crown and bridge consultation and cost estimate.
What are the disadvantages of dental bridges?
Dental bridges are an effective and safe way to bridge the gap between teeth, providing a functional and natural-looking tooth replacement.
If the bridge doesn’t fit right, then the anchoring teeth are at risk of tooth decay if plaque and bacteria creep below the crowns. That’s why it’s so important to work with an experienced restorative dentist like Dr. Stead Willis who can successfully restore your smile.