Dental Crowns and Bridges in Charlotte, NC
A missing or weak tooth complicates things. You discover it’s difficult to chew, emotionally draining to smile, and hard to laugh without feeling self-conscious. At Gentry Dental, our top Charlotte, NC dentist understands these things, and she wants to help you take your smile back.
Tooth crowns and dental bridges offer a practical and inexpensive solution to tooth loss in Charlotte, NC, and it all starts with a compassionate and friendly exam and chat with Dr. Heather Gentry.
If you would like to schedule your consultation, or if you have questions about tooth crowns and dental bridges in Charlotte, NC, we invite you to give us a call at (705) 554-1007.
You can also read through the most popular questions we hear from our patients about tooth crowns and dental bridges below.
- What is a tooth crown and how does it work?
- What is a CEREC same-day crown?
- How do I take care of my tooth crown?
- What is a dental bridge?
- Is a dental bridge right for me?
- How do I take care of my dental bridge?
- Do you accept my insurance?
- Do you offer payment plans?
What is a tooth crown, and how does it work?
Dental crowns are used in general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and to stabilize a dental bridge.
These versatile tooth covers fit over a weak, damaged, or otherwise compromised tooth—often the result of trauma or complicated root infection. In this respect, a dental crown is designed to save your tooth and enable you to chew normally—an example of crowns used in general dentistry.
A dental crown also conceals tooth flaws and discoloration in cosmetic dentistry.
Finally, dental crowns anchor a dental bridge to provide a full smile if you’ve suffered tooth loss.
Tooth crowns in Charlotte, NC are made of high-quality porcelain that will blend in with your natural teeth seamlessly.
How do I take care of my tooth crown?
Taking care of your crown is easy because you treat them the same as natural teeth.
- Brush and floss daily.
- Visit our Charlotte, NC dentist twice yearly for exams and our hygienist for cleanings.
- Never use your crown (or your teeth) as a tool to open a bottle or bend an object.
Remember, dental health is important even if you have restorations. Lack of good oral hygiene and dental exams and cleanings often leads to restoration failure, gum disease, and further tooth loss.
What is a CEREC same-day crown?
The process for getting a crown placed used to require a minimum of two long appointments, and at least two to four weeks of waiting for completion. This does not account for a temporary crown breaking or falling out, which would require additional visits and more time out of your busy schedule.
All this has changed, however, with CEREC same-day crowns in Charlotte, NC, and Dr. Gentry is proud to offer this revolutionary technology to her patients.
CEREC allows us to scan a 3-D image of your tooth, which Dr. Gentry can use to customize and design your new tooth cover. The information is then sent directly to our milling machine located right in our office. Dr. Gentry will custom shade your crown, so it naturally completes your smile, and CEREC will fabricate your new tooth while you wait. The result is that you will leave our office with a beautiful, high-quality restoration.
Our crowns look natural and blend in with your smile.
What is a dental bridge?
When you are missing one or a few teeth that are next to each other, a dental bridge is a good solution.
Dr. Gentry will anchor the dental bridge to your healthy teeth with crowns and use a set of prosthetic teeth to fill in the space left by your missing teeth. Using the artistry and science of dentistry, Dr. Gentry will build a bridge that matches your existing teeth for a natural look.
She can also use dental implants to anchor a dental bridge. Not only will these hold the bridge securely in place, but they will also protect your jawbone from shrinking. This ensures a better fit for a bridge that will also last longer since there will be minimal changes in your jawbone.
You don't have to live with a damaged smile, and you shouldn't when there are options available. Dr. Gentry can discuss crowns and bridges with you so you can make an educated decision about which treatment is best for your needs. If you need a dental crown, we know you’ll love how efficient CEREC technology makes the whole process.
Is a dental bridge right for me?
Dr. Gentry will examine your gum tissue and surrounding teeth to make sure a dental bridge is the best option for you. If the teeth on either side of the gap are significantly compromised, it may be difficult for these teeth to support a dental bridge. In this case, Dr. Gentry may suggest a dental implant, an implant-supported bridge, or a partial denture.
At Gentry Dental, our Charlotte, NC dentist will share all options with you, including any exam findings, so that you can make an informed decision about your tooth replacement options in Charlotte.
How do I take care of my dental bridge?
Dr. Gentry will provide all after-care instructions to help you make the most of your new dental bridge, including ways to make your bridge last.
For the most part, you will treat your dental bridge the same way you treat your natural teeth.
- Adopt a good oral hygiene habit to keep your bridge’s supporting teeth in good shape.
- Visit our dental office regularly for exams and cleanings.
- Use a floss threader to clean under and around your dental bridge.
- Never use your dental bridge as a tool to open a bottle or twist off a cap.
Restorations like dental bridges will not prevent gum disease, dental infections, or cavities from forming in remaining teeth.
Do you accept my dental insurance?
At Gentry Dental, we are in network with several insurance companies and are always willing to file claims out of network. Our team is also available to help you make the most of your dental benefits so you can receive treatment sooner rather than later.
If you have questions about your insurance, we encourage you to get in touch with our dental team today.
Do you offer dental payment plans?
Dr. Gentry and her team want you and your family to receive affordable dental care in Charlotte, NC. We offer a few payment plan options to help you do this, and we are always available to answer your questions or address your concerns about the payment plans we accept in our dental office.
First, we have partnered with CareCredit and Lending Club. CareCredit offers easy financing terms and interest-free payment plans to qualifying individuals seeking medical and dental care. It takes only minutes to apply and to learn whether you qualify. Lending Club provides loans with easy financing options, too.
Next, we offer In-Office Dental Savings Plan. For one low fee, you receive the following:
- 2 regular teeth cleanings per year
- 2 comprehensive dental exams per year
- Periodic x-rays
- 2 applications of fluoride per year
- Oral cancer screening
- 15 percent off treatments like tooth-colored fillings, crowns, extractions, root canals, periodontal treatment, and more
- 10 percent off advanced services like dental bridges, Invisalign, specific cosmetic dentistry options, and restorations like dentures and partial dentures.
Other benefits of this plan include:
- No deductibles
- No claim to file
- No pre-authorization
- No waiting periods—benefits begin immediately
- No pre-existing condition lockout
- No health questions
We invite you to contact Gentry Dental to learn more about our In-Office Dental Savings Plan.
Schedule an Exam for Tooth Crowns and Dental Bridges at our Charlotte, NC Office
To learn whether tooth crowns are the best option for you, or whether crowns and bridges together is the right choice to complete your smile, contact our dental team to schedule your exam and chat with Dr. Gentry.