Do you have a tooth with a serious crack or chip in it? Is one of your teeth missing altogether? In both cases, restorative treatment is necessary to prevent further oral health problems and allow you to speak and eat comfortably again. Fortunately, your dentist in Cumming, GA has the answer – dental crowns and bridges. These custom-made restorations can rebuild your smile after dental damage and tooth loss. Contact Dentistry at Windermere today to learn more about how crowns and bridges can complete your smile!
A dental crown is a “cap” made to fit over a tooth, restoring its original structure, function, and appearance. Crowns are designed to cover the entire portion of a tooth that is visible above the gums, also known as the “crown” of a tooth. We may suggest getting a dental crown if you have a tooth that has become cracked, broken, or significantly weakened by decay. Crowns can also be placed for aesthetic reasons, such as to conceal a tooth that is extremely discolored.
Although dental crowns have traditionally been made of metal, we primarily use ceramic for ours. This material is just as durable as metal, but it can also be matched to the color of your surrounding teeth. You’ll be able to smile confidently knowing that no one will even be able to tell that you had dental work done!
While crowns are meant to protect a vulnerable tooth, a dental bridge can replace a tooth that has been lost entirely. A bridge consists of two hollowed-out crowns with one or more artificial teeth suspended in between them. The two crowns are placed over the remaining teeth at each end of the gap in your smile. With bridges, you can replace several consecutive teeth at once. Like crowns, bridges are made with natural-looking materials that give the impression that you never lost any teeth in the first place.
Placing a crown over a tooth will bring back its full chewing and biting power. Plus, crowns protect a tooth from damage that might otherwise require it to be extracted eventually.
By filling the space in your grin with a dental bridge, you’ll be able to talk, eat, and smile just like you did before tooth loss. Bridges also prevent your remaining teeth from drifting out of position and evenly distributes the force of your bite, helping you avoid orthodontic issues later on down the road.