Do you have a decayed or broken tooth? Did you knock out one of your pearly whites in an accident? If so, it’s important that you repair or replace your tooth right away to keep the rest of your mouth healthy. At Dentistry at Suwanee, we offer dental crowns to strengthen weakened teeth and bridges to fill gaps in your smile. Read on to learn more about these custom restorations and give your Suwanee dentist Dr. Brian Lee or Dr. Katherine Lee a call to schedule your next appointment!
Essentially, a dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that encapsulates the entire portion of a tooth that’s visible above the gumline. They’re designed to fit snugly over the top of a tooth, which holds it together and strengthens it. Not only does this restore the tooth’s function and protect it from future damage and decay, but it can completely change its size, shape, and color. This common restoration is often used on teeth that have been:
Dental bridges are used to replace one, two, or three missing teeth in a row. To create this restoration, two dental crowns are bonded to either side of the custom-made replacement teeth. These crowns are then placed over the remaining teeth neighboring the gap in your smile, securely holding your new pearly whites in place between them. They can be crafted from the same lifelike and durable materials individual dental crowns are made of, so you’ll be enjoying a functional, natural-looking, and complete smile in no time.
Placing dental crowns and bridges follow very similar processes. First, we’ll remove a thin layer of enamel to make space for your new restoration. Then we’ll take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab where they’ll be used to create your dental crown or bridge. Since this can take a few days or weeks, we’ll fit you with a temporary restoration to protect your teeth until your next appointment. Before you know it, you’ll be returning to our office to have it removed and replaced with your beautiful permanent dental bridge or crown. Once we’ve checked that your bite feels comfortable, you’ll be ready to start enjoying your new smile right away!
With over 37 million placed every year, dental crowns are one of the most popular restorations available today. They offer several important benefits, like:
Similarly, dental bridges are a classic way to replace missing teeth thanks to their unique advantages, such as:
If you’re interested in beautiful tooth repair or replacement with dental crowns or bridges, don’t hesitate to give us a call!