Dr. Giscombe and Associates, P.A.

3921 Sunset Ridge Rd. Suite 303
Raleigh, NC 27607

(919) 781-3862




Crowns and Bridges: Working Together to Save Your Smile

By Blue Ridge Dental Care
September 29, 2017
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Working together--it's a great philosophy for interpersonal relationships, professional pursuits and even your dental care. Yes, your dentistdental crowns in Raleigh, NC, Dr. Ajamu Giscombe, joins with you in pursuing a laudable goal--your best oral health. If you have a failing tooth or are missing one or more adjoining teeth, Dr. Giscombe offers beautiful crown restorations and bridgework tooth replacements which work together to save your smile. At Blue Ridge Dental Care, you get the best that modern dentistry has to offer.

What is a dental crown?

It's a customized, tooth-shaped cap crafted from porcelain, gold or porcelain-fused-to-metal. If you have a severely decayed and/or abscessed tooth, a dental crown could restore the tooth's appearance and strength.

Through digital X-rays and visual inspection, Dr. Giacombe can tell you if a crown could spare your tooth from needless extraction and the subsequent bone loss and gum recession. Also, he can tell you what material would work best for your restoration.

To place a crown, your Raleigh dentist injects the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. Then, he removes the decayed and cracked portions, along with any old fillings. He shapes the tooth to receive a crown and takes an oral impression which will give the dental lab a three-dimensional image of the tooth. Dr. Giscombe finishes this portion of the restorative process with a temporary crown.

At the next appointment, the dentist removes the crown and permanently bonds the new one in place. The crown covers the shaped tooth completely--right to the gum line. The result is a strong, functional and good-looking tooth.

What is fixed bridgework?

Fixed bridgework spans smile gaps with artificial, or pontic teeth, that are strong and lifelike. To anchor the replacement teeth, Dr. Giscombe designs dental crowns which cover the natural teeth on either side of the gap. The bridge actually is one unit composed of the pontics and the crowns.

Fixed bridgework looks natural and optimizes biting, chewing and speech. To place this prosthetic, Dr. Giscombe makes sure the support teeth and underlying gums and bone are viable. He also shapes the teeth appropriately to receive their crowns.

Bonding is permanent, and just as with single dental crowns, fixed bridgework requires regular brushing and flossing at home and six-month maintenance cleanings at Blue Ridge Dental Care.

Modern variations

Your dentist in Raleigh may use crowns and bridges to restore, or cover, dental implants--titanium cylinders which screw right into the jawbone for superior anchorage and longevity. These prosthetics boast an almost 95 percent success and retention rate, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness, and they improve jaw bone integrity through a process called osseointegration.

Do you need restorative treatments?

Ask your dentist at Blue Ridge Dental Care in Raleigh, NC if a crown or bridge would help your smile. Call today for a consultation--(919) 781-3862.