J. Stephen Hoard is a dentist in New Bern, North Carolina who offers general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry. If you have missing teeth, chronic tooth pain, discoloration or teeth that are badly worn, Dr. Hoard is a local dentist who can help you. In addition to performing his duties at his New Bern dentist office, Dr. Hoard teaches restorative dentistry at Dawson Academy.
Dental Crowns and Bridges
To receive a dental crown, the roots of your tooth must still be in place. A crown covers the damaged tooth and helps to restore its function and appearance. It is created to resemble your natural teeth as closely as possible. Dental bridges are appropriate for people who are missing at least one tooth. In order for Dr. Hoard to install a dental bridge, you must have natural teeth or a dental implant on both sides of the tooth that is missing.
During your visit to our dentist office, Dr. Hoard takes X-rays and measurements of the area where the dental bridge or crown will be implanted. He then sends this information to our lab. You need to return to our dental office in approximately two weeks to be fitted with your new dental bridge or crown.
You may be a good candidate for dental implants if you are missing one or more of your natural teeth but otherwise enjoy good dental health. Dental implants are intended to be a permanent solution to tooth loss and are significantly more durable than other types of treatment. When you visit our local dentist office to have implants installed, Dr. Hoard replaces the roots of the teeth as well as the actual teeth. You must commit to regular visits to our dental office in New Bern for this procedure to be successful.
Another solution for tooth loss is to wear full or partial dentures. These fit into your mouth like a retainer and can be removed whenever you like. Dr. Hoard makes dentures in such a way that no one can tell they are not your natural teeth.