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Dental Crowns & Bridges

Crowns & Bridges: The Secret To Fixing Damaged & Missing Teeth

Your teeth are incredible. They can withstand amazing amounts of pressure for years and years, and still work normally — in a perfect world, that is. In the real world, your teeth can get damaged by years of neglect, accidents, injuries, or just bad luck. They can even get knocked out. Instead of dealing with the pain and discomfort whenever you try to eat, our dental crowns and dental bridges can help fix your problems and get you back to having a healthy set of teeth. Call our Boone, NC dental office at 828-355-5673 to schedule your dental crowns and dental bridges Boone, NC area appointment.

How Can CEREC Crowns Protect My Damaged Teeth?

When we’re a youngster, we usually start out with little fillings. As we get into our twenties or so, or even our earlier thirties, we end up a lot of times having recurrent decay. We get busy in our twenties, and we’ve just left home, and that’s not a priority, so we end up with a larger filling. They’re usually in your first molars because your first fillings usually come in your six year molars because they’re the first molars you get, and they’re the first ones we get to crown. They’ll end up with a large filling, and if you have occlusal disease where they crack or break, or if you have basically recurrent decay, we end up doing what we call a crown or full coverage. Basically it just goes around the complete tooth to keep it from splitting.

In our practice, because of our digital dentistry, we’re able to take a picture of that tooth and then basically build it up so you have a nice strong core or foundation for that crown. Then actually that day, when you leave here, you can have a full coverage crown put on that tooth and keep it very strong.

A lot of times people don’t realize fillings in the center of teeth are just like wedges, just like when you put a wedge in a tree, and you keep hitting it over the years; it’ll actually split the tooth. We have people, when we take out that original filling they have, there’s a long crack running front to back. A lot of times, those teeth, if you don’t crown them and you try to refill them, they’re going to split, or you’re going to end up having a diseased tooth and either need a root canal or an implant.

When a tooth has major damage, such as a cavity that’s been ignored for too long or a fracture caused by a traumatic injury, you have to worry about two things: how to keep the tooth from breaking open or eroding, and how to seal up the damage so you can chew like normal without pain. Dental crowns can fix both problems. These are caps made to look like a healthy version of your damaged tooth. They fit tightly over that tooth, protecting the damaged area and giving the tooth much more strength and durability.

At Appalachian Dental Care, we use a special technology called CEREC to make your dental crowns the same day you come in. And because we have three-dimensional imaging technology, we can create a dental crown that fits perfectly and looks great.

What Are Inlays And Onlays?

What if your tooth isn’t that badly damaged? Maybe it just has a small damaged part, such as a moderate cavity. In these cases, using a dental crown could be overkill. Instead, we offer inlays and onlays at our Boone, NC dental office. These are made from porcelain or zirconia (two very durable but natural-looking materials), and they seal up damaged areas to keep the tooth strong. Inlays rest between or “inside” the cusps of your teeth, and onlays can rest on the top and over the side.

What Does A Dental Bridge Do In My Mouth?

Bridges, if you’re not familiar with it, is basically you have a missing tooth, and you’re bridging from one over that missing area. You have to prep the teeth on either side. If they have had dentistry to them, a bridge is a nice option, which is basically bonded in place, and it’s just like your natural teeth.

There’s all kinds of…if you have to have a tooth removed, you can remove the tooth, put a temporary bridge there through our milling machine and our digital dentistry, and then let it sit for a couple of months while the area shrinks. Then we could actually take a new picture of that temporary bridge, and then have a permanent bridge that will fit the correct contours of where the tooth was missing. They work very well.

If you are missing teeth, your smile will not look good. When people see that gap in your smile, they start to wonder what painful thing happened to cause it. Worse, lacking even one tooth can make it harder to eat normally as well as make it easier for gum disease to take root in your gums. To fix this, Dr. Airey can place a dental bridge in the gap. All dental bridges use replacement teeth carefully made to fit in your smile.

There are two types of bridges we can offer:

  • A traditional fixed dental bridge replaces a single missing tooth. It is held in place by a pair of dental crowns attached to the teeth on either side of the gap. Unlike dental implants, there is no surgery needed to place them.
  • An implant-supported dental bridge can replace more than one tooth. The implant is surgically placed under the bridge to add additional support and stability.

Trying to live with damaged or missing teeth is not just hard, it’s painful. And with the dental crowns and dental bridges at our Boone, NC dental office, you don’t have to live like this anymore. To learn more about our dental crowns and dental bridges, or to schedule your next appointment, give us a call today at 828-355-5673 or use our online form.

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