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Dental Crowns and Bridges Decatur
Dental crowns and bridges are excellent restorative options for patients of our Decatur practice. Dental crowns cover and protect the natural tooth, while dental bridges bridge the gap where one or more teeth is missing.
Preparing for Crowns and Bridges
At Georgia Dental Center, Dr. Thomas J. Price and our qualified team prioritize the health of teeth before recommending any procedure. To ensure that a dental crown or bridge is the optimal solution for each patient, we perform a thorough examination of a patient’s mouth as part of the initial consultation process at our Decatur practice.
Suitable candidates for crowns and bridges will:
- Have healthy gums that can support a crown or bridge. Patients with periodontal issues will need to undergo treatment to ensure that gums and teeth surrounding the crown or bridge area are healthy.
- Be able to maintain a regular dental hygiene regimen. Crowns and bridges require at-home cleanings and regular dental office cleanings and checkups.
- Need to have teeth extracted and decayed parts of damaged teeth removed and gums fully healed before a crown or bridge is affixed.
- For bridges, have adjacent teeth healthy enough to support a bridge attachment.
Once a patient has been deemed a suitable candidate for a crown or a bridge, the patient is prepped for the restoration and molds are taken. For crowns, the natural tooth is shaped into a post-like shape over which the crown will fit comfortably, allowing for space for the adhesive compound. For bridges, adjacent teeth that will support the bridge will be prepped for their supportive crowns, and molds are taken of the gums.
Once Dr. Price has taken molds of the natural teeth and gums, models are made of the candidates teeth and gum line. Upon these models, porcelain prostheses are crafted to fit snugly and match the size, shape, and color appropriate for each patient's unique smile.
Many patients choose to undergo other procedures in conjunction with crown or bridge placement, such as the placement of porcelain veneers and teeth whitening. We offer in-office and take-home teeth whitening, which can lighten the natural teeth several shades, to which a crown or bridge can be matched in color.
A dental crown is an ideal solution for dental patients who have one or more teeth that have enough healthy tooth structure remaining to support a prosthesis cap. A crown fits over the natural tooth and is bonded in place, providing a more even distribution of pressure across the tooth and root. It restores a tooth's function and natural aesthetic appearance.
Traditional crowns can cover teeth that have been partially damaged by chips, cracks, or decay. They protect the remaining healthy tooth. For patients who are missing a single tooth, a dental-implant supported crown is another option for restoration that fits over a dental implant titanium post. This is in contrast with a dental bridge, which affixes to natural teeth fitted with specialized crowns.
A dental bridge provides the same seamless appearance of a porcelain crown, crafted in our partner dental laboratory to match the color, shape, and size of remaining natural teeth. A bridge is a prosthesis comprising one or more artificial teeth that bridge a gap where teeth have been lost.
Using discreet attachments, the bridge prosthesis affixes to specialized crowns fitted over the natural teeth. Dental bridges have added stability because of their attachment to other teeth.
Caring for Crowns and Bridges
Bridges and crowns offer several years of functionality and aesthetic beauty. When a crown or bridge becomes loosened, chipped, or cracked, Dr. Price can order replacements and fit a temporary prosthesis while patients await their restorations.
In order to ensure the longevity of these and other dental prostheses and restorative treatments, Dr. Price and our team focus on educating our patients during an intensive consultation before any work is begun. To schedule a consultation about replacing one or more of your missing or damaged teeth, contact us today to discuss your specialized dental care plan.