Implants, Crowns & Bridges Procedures in Durham, NC

Dental Implants - Restorative Dental Procedures in Durham, NC
Implants - Restorative Dental Procedures in Durham, NC

Dental Implants

Teeth are often removed due to external damage, decay or disease. If you are no longer smiling with confidence due to missing teeth or unhealthy teeth, dental implants may be an effective way to preserve your smile.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root, made of medical grade titanium. It is surgically placed into the jaw to hold a replacement tooth. Dental implants can be an option for the loss of a single tooth or multiple teeth. Implant teeth and natural teeth have the same basic structure, a crown (top of the tooth used to chew with) and a root that goes under the gum to the jaw. An oral surgeon generally is the one that places the implant surgically into the jaw and after healing; your general dentist would restore the top of the implant with a crown.
The additional support that the implant provides confirms that your bite will remain strong and stable. Daily proper oral hygiene will help the lifetime of your implant.
Dental Crown - Restorative Dental Procedures in Durham, NC
Dental Crown - Restorative Dental Procedures in Durham, NC

Dental Crowns

Crown treatment can be the result of a few different dental situations. First, if you have had a root canal, then generally the tooth will need a crown to permanently restore and strengthen it. Second, if you have a fractured tooth (broken), the tooth may be able to be crowned, if there is not too much damage. Third, if a tooth has had decay or large filling placed, then a crown would be a good option to stabilize the tooth.
Crowns can be made out of many different materials, but made in the same way. An impression of your bite is taken and a crown is made from that mold so that your bite and teeth look and feel the same. Crowns are essentially a cap that covers the remaining tooth structure. Crowns also cover dental implants and can be used to bridge areas with more than 1 missing tooth.
Crowns are permanently cemented on your remaining tooth and are very durable. Keeping up your daily brushing and flossing will help the lifetime of the crown.
Although crowns are an optional cosmetic procedure, the benefits include:
  • Natural-Looking Smile
  • Improved Bite
  • Stronger Teeth
  • Stain Resistant
  • Durable
Teeth - Restorative Dental Procedures in Durham, NC
Dental Treatment - Restorative Dental Procedures in Durham, NC

Dental Bridges

When you are missing more than 1 tooth in the same area, a bridge may be a treatment option for you. A bridge prevents teeth on either side of the missing area from shifting and moving into the missing tooth space. Missing teeth can create TMJ disorders and continued bite issues.
Bridges are made the same way that crowns are made, but with “more” teeth. Impressions are taken of your teeth in the area being treated and teeth are checked for strength and durability. A bridge is multiple crowns that are fused together in 1 solid unit. After the bridge is made it is permanently cemented over the teeth and missing tooth area. It should feel the same as your natural bite and look the same as your smile once did.
Bridges are very durable but you do still need to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily.
For implant restorative dental procedures, contact Vanyo Dentistry today to schedule an initial consultation in Durham, NC.