Want an affordable and attractive way to replace missing teeth? Crowns and bridgework from the Hilton Head Dental Team in Hilton Head Island, SC, might be exactly what you need to restore your smile's appearance and your teeth's function. Dr. Julie Camp-Tome, Dr. Glenn Barker and Dr. Benjamin Wietecha offer crowns and bridgework to their dental patients who need to replace one or more natural teeth.
The crowning process
Although natural teeth are strong enough to withstand the constant force of chewing, they need something to bolster them in the event that bridgework is needed. That's why crowns are an essential part of the process of replacing missing teeth with bridges. Your Hilton Head Island family dentist measures the two teeth on either side of the gap - the ones that will be crowned - which are known as abutments. These measurements are then transferred to a laboratory that will craft the crowns and bridge out of a porcelain material. The abutment teeth are prepped to accommodate the crowns, which are hollow and fit directly over the teeth. To keep them secure, they are cemented into place with a strong bonding agent.
Bridging the gap
The bridge is the section between the two crowns that replaces the missing tooth or teeth. Bridges are made from the same material as the crowns, only they are not hollow. Your family dentist will make sure that the bridge fits snugly against the gums and that the whole restoration is designed to match your natural teeth. A bridge can be comprised of one tooth or more, depending on how many teeth need to be replaced.
Ready to begin a journey to a whole and beautiful smile? Your first step is to contact Hilton Head Dental Team in Hilton Head Island, SC, to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled family dentists. We look forward to hearing from you!