Dental crowns and bridges are a popular and effective solution to missing or damaged teeth. Learn more about dental crowns and bridges below and speak to the team at Smith Family Dentistry to determine if a crown or bridge may be right for you.


What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a cap that is placed over the top of a tooth and bonded in place using a special cement. The crown returns the tooth to its natural size, shape, and color while restoring its strength and function.


Crowns are commonly used to protect a weak tooth from damage or cover up a damaged or discolored tooth.


Crowns may be made from several different types of materials including metal, ceramic, porcelain, or composite.


Some of the outer layer of tooth may be removed in order to obtain the proper fit for the crown and an impression will be made of your teeth so the crown can be custom fit just for you. Once ready, the crown is positioned onto your tooth and cemented into place.


Smith Family Dentistry is the preferred destination for receiving a dental crown in Wilmington, NC.


What is a dental bridge?

While a dental crown serves as a replacement for damaged teeth, a dental bridge does the same for missing teeth.


A bridge is a false tooth (or teeth) that fills in a missing space and uses the surrounding teeth as support. The false tooth “bridges” the gap between one natural tooth and the next. A crown is typically placed on the supporting teeth to help the bridge fit snug.


Dental bridges can restore your smile, help you regain the ability to chew and speak properly, and prevent other teeth from shifting out of position.


Dental bridges are typically made from gold, metal, or porcelain. The installation process is similar to that of a crown, with an impression of your teeth being used to custom mold the bridge and supporting crowns.


In Wilmington, dental bridges can be installed right here at Smith Family Dentistry.


Dental Crowns and Bridges in Wilmington, NC

Smith Family Dentistry is your source for dental bridges and dental crowns in Wilmington, NC. Schedule your appointment today by calling (910) 762-5235 to learn more about the difference between crowns and bridges and find out what other services are possible with a cosmetic dentist in Wilmington, NC, like Dr. Smith.


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