Dental Crowns and Bridges – Rock Hill, SC
Natural-Looking Tooth Repair and Replacement
Do you have a badly decayed tooth? Did you injure or lose one of your pearly whites in an accident? In these cases, it’s important to either repair the tooth or replace it so that you can continue eating and speaking normally while keeping the rest of your mouth healthy. Dr. Coombs and Dr. Ross can use crowns to protect and strengthen weakened teeth or bridges to fill any gaps in your smile. Contact our office right away if you could be facing life with an incomplete grin.
Why Choose Coombs & Ross Family Dentistry for Dental Crowns and Bridges?
- Metal-Free Restorations That Blend in With Natural Teeth Available
- Compassionate, Attentive Dentistry
- Two Experienced Dentists with Plenty of Advanced Training
What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a common restoration that is made to cover one tooth, bringing it back to a healthy shape and size, restoring its strength, and protecting it from further damage. It is cemented so that it fully covers the part of the tooth that’s visible above the gum line. You might receive dental crown if you have a tooth that has been broken, cracked, or weakened by decay. A crown can also be placed for cosmetic reasons, such as to hide teeth that are severely discolored.
While some crowns are made of metal, we also offer all-ceramic restorations that can be shaded to match the natural color of your other teeth. You’ll be able to smile with confidence without worrying that someone will notice that you had dental work done!
What are Dental Bridges?
While a dental crown is meant to help preserve a natural tooth, a dental bridge is used when a tooth is missing altogether. The bridge consists of two crowns that hold one or more fake teeth between them. These two crowns are placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap being filled (called abutment teeth). This way, you can replace many teeth in a row at once. Like individual crowns, bridges can be made from an all-ceramic material that blends in with the rest of your smile.
Note that for bridges to be placed, a small amount of enamel needs to be removed from the abutment teeth. However, this step won’t be necessary if you get a dental bridge supported by implants.
What are the Benefits of Dental Crowns and Bridges?
A crown will restore the appearance of a damaged tooth and bring it back to full strength so that you can safely use it to chew and speak again. Also, badly broken teeth that can’t be repaired with just a filling can be held together using a crown. If there’s a small amount of space between your teeth, or if their position needs to be slightly corrected, a crown can help address the issue.
By filling in the gaps in your mouth with your dental bridge, you’ll be able to eat, talk and smile like you normally would. The bridge also stops your other teeth from drifting out of position and helps properly distribute the forces of your bite.
How Can You Determine If You Need a Crown or Bridge?
Any time you have broken or missing teeth, you should make an appointment at our practice in Rock Hill so that we can determine what kind of restoration is right for you. Crowns protect damaged teeth while bridges fill in any empty space in your mouth, but we’ll need to perform a thorough examination and take your oral health into account before deciding the best course of treatment.