Crowns and Bridges
Dr. Cradduck believes that with preventive dentistry, patients can avoid many undesirable dental conditions such as gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities. That being said, most of us encounter situations that will require our teeth to be repaired from time to time. If your time to have a tooth repaired has come, you can rest assured that Dr. Cradduck is well equipped to help you with all of your restorative needs.
When Do I Need a Dental Crown?
When your tooth suffers from decay, it will cause a cavity that will need to be filled in order to protect the integrity of your tooth. If your tooth sustains decay, a crack, or trauma that is more damage than a dental filling is capable of repairing, Dr. Cradduck may suggest a dental crown to repair your tooth.
A crown is designed to replace your entire tooth structure. It fits over your remaining tooth and is customized to mimic your natural tooth in both shape and shade. With your new crown, you will retain all the same function you had before, and your crown is customized to match your existing teeth so your dental work is not noticeable.
It usually takes two appointments to complete a crown. Dr. Cradduck prepares your tooth for your restoration and makes a temporary crown for you to wear at your first appointment. Meanwhile, your final crown is being handcrafted at one of the top dental laboratories in the area. After one to two weeks, you’ll return to Hagerstown Family Dental for your second visit to have your permanent crown placed.
When Do I Need a Dental Bridge?
A bridge helps to replace one or more missing teeth that are adjacent. Using your healthy remaining teeth to anchor crowns, prosthetic teeth are attached to the crowns to fill in the space left from your missing teeth.
Dr. Cradduck customizes your bridge to complement your smile. Excellent brushing and flossing is the key to keeping your anchor teeth clean and protecting the long life of your bridge.
Dental implants can also be used to support a dental bridge. Instead of altering healthy teeth to support crowns as anchors, the implant teeth become the anchors for your bridge. Because implants are protecting the health of your bone, they also ensure better longevity for your bridge.
Contact Dr. Cradduck
If you have a tooth that needs to be repaired, it’s important not to delay your procedure. Putting off treatment can lead to further damage to your tooth and even an infection. Dr. Cradduck can assess your situation and discuss your options for the best treatment for your needs.
Give us a call today to schedule an appointment and learn more about your options.