Crowns and Bridges in Winston-Salem
Serving the Winston-Salem community
Many people take healthy teeth for granted. But even with regular care, wear and tear may take their toll, and you lose a tooth or suffer dental damage. If this happens to you, rest assured that Dr. Jeffrey J. Tibbs has created high-quality, durable dental restorations for over 30 years.
We customize crowns and bridges that restore your smile, confidence, and ability to speak and eat comfortably.
Dental Crowns in Winston-Salem, NC
A dental crown is a durable porcelain cap covering a damaged tooth like a hard hat while mimicking its appearance and function. While Dr. Tibbs may recommend a crown for several reasons, what they all share in common is that your tooth is too damaged for a filling or inlay, yet with enough remaining structure to support the crown.
A dental crown may also be incorporated into a dental bridge or complete a dental implant. In addition, since our porcelain crowns resemble your tooth, we can also use them for aesthetic purposes such as improving shape, size, or color.
Your Dental Crown Procedure for Most Restorations
The first step is a comprehensive exam with Dr. Tibbs so he can assess your needs. If he recommends a restoration that uses a dental crown, our team will take impressions of your damaged tooth, which the lab uses to create your permanent crown. Then, while the lab fabricates your restoration, we will fit you with a temporary crown.
After about two weeks, you will return to our dental office, where Dr. Tibbs will cement your new, high-quality dental crown, adjusting it for an ideal fit.
Dental Bridges Replace Missing Teeth
A dental bridge is an oral prosthetic that we customize to fill the space left by a missing tooth. It both restores your smile’s appearance and recovers the function of your lost tooth.
We typically create a dental bridge as a three-piece unit that includes an artificial tooth (pontic) suspended between two anchor points. If the teeth on either side of the gap are healthy, we can attach your bridge to them, often reinforcing them with dental crowns to provide support. The result is a complete smile that allows you to go back to eating your favorite foods and smiling with confidence.
Dental Bridge Lifespan and Care Plan
Like any other type of restoration, a dental bridge has a lifespan. If you commit to excellent oral health, brushing and flossing daily, and keeping routine dental exams and cleanings, this will support the health of your bridge’s anchor teeth. Proper care may help your bridge last a decade or more.
Dental Implants Are a More Modern Tooth Replacement
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root surgically placed in your jaw and allowed to heal. During a process called osseointegration, the implant fuses securely with the bone tissue. When the process is complete, we attach a restoration like a crown, bridge, or denture to restore function and appearance.
Bridges and implants both serve the same purpose – replace a missing tooth – but each goes about it in a very different way.
Dental Crowns and Bridges with Your Winston Salem Dentist
We encourage you to make an appointment to discuss your options and learn more about which dental restoration might work best for you. Call Dr. Jeffrey Tibbs today and begin the journey to a new and rebuilt smile.