What a crown actually is is either a metal or a porcelain-fused-to-metal or routinely what we currently use an all-ceramic covering of the tooth to help protect the tooth.
In that procedure, we reduce the tooth by about a millimeter or two millimeters in certain dimensions. We take a mold of the patient's mouth. Then, our lab fabricates an all-ceramic, tooth-colored restoration, which is the crown that covers that tooth and protects it.
A bridge is commonly known as two or more crowns connected together to close a gap or a space. If you happen to be missing a tooth in the middle and you happen to have two adjacent teeth, a bridge essentially is three crowns that are connected together to close that space off.
Nowadays, we look at all options since implants have become more prevalent. If your two adjacent teeth are virgin teeth and you have good-quality bone in between, we may try to steer you in the option of having an implant done so we don't have to prepare any of your virgin teeth on the adjacent sides.
Dental Bridges and Dental Crowns in Snellville, GA
At Parkway Dental, we offer a variety of dental restorations that can be used to restore the functionality of your teeth. In addition to dental implants, dentures, and root canals, we offer dental crowns and dental bridges as a means of repairing your smile. Below you can learn about how dental crowns, dental bridges, and inlays can help you get the results you desire. To learn more about our other restorative dentistry options, visit our page.
Dental crowns are beautifully crafted pieces of tooth-colored material (we use e.max and zirconia) that are used to repair teeth with major areas of decay or other damage. The crown is designed to look and act just like a natural tooth and is cemented directly over your existing tooth to create a strong, realistic restoration. Dental crowns can repair:
We can also craft crowns for use with dental implants and for cosmetic purposes. If you have a damaged tooth in need of repair, a dental crown might work great for you.
A fixed bridge is made up of three or more crowns and is used to completely replace one or more missing teeth. The crowns are cemented together and then attached to the surrounding teeth in order to literally “bridge” the gap left by your missing tooth. Fixed bridges will restore the appearance and functionality of your smile, but will not protect your jawbone from deterioration, as it still leaves the tooth socket empty. For a tooth replacement option that discourages deterioration, consider implant-supported restorations.
An implant-supported bridge works much like a fixed bridge or a partial denture in that it replaces just some of your natural teeth. Unlike a fixed bridge or partial denture, which is not secured into your gums, implant-supported bridges are anchored to your jawbone by dental implants. These implants create a secure foundation upon which stand your replacement teeth. If you need one or more teeth replaced, but are concerned about the health of your jawbone or the reliability of the restoration, an implant-supported bridge may be for you.
Inlays are similar to crowns in that they repair a damaged or decayed portion of your tooth. While crowns cover the visible portion of the tooth, inlays cover only the biting surface. Inlays help to resolve issues such as deepened crevices and large sections of decay on the biting surface of your tooth. If the damage is too extensive for a filling, but not extensive enough for a crown, an inlay may be the solution for you.
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We offer free consultations to anyone interested in our restorative services. If you would like to schedule your consultation for dental bridges and dental crowns in Snellville, GA, please contact our office at (770) 676-1122 or use our online form to send us a message. To use the form, just fill it out, click submit, and a member of our team will get back with you as soon as possible. We will be happy to help you get the results you want and assist you in getting back to your normal life.
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