Conyers Dental Crowns & Bridges
At the Conyers dentistry practice of Daniel A. Hodges, DMD, we partner with patients to keep their smiles whole and healthy for life, but when we can’t prevent dental damage or decay, we’re happy to provide a wide array of restorative dentistry services. Two of the most commonly used restorative treatments are dental crowns and bridges. These restorations allow us to effectively rebuild lost tooth structure and replace missing teeth restoring your smile to the full form and function. If you’re in need of restorative dentistry services, please don’t hesitate to call our team for a dental restoration consultation. We’ll evaluate your smile and recommend treatment to meet your needs.
What are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are advanced restorations used to repair teeth following severe tooth decay or damage. The dental crowns are crafted to fit over the top of your damaged tooth recreating lost structure and protecting the remaining healthy dental tissues from further damage or decay.
When are Dental Crowns Recommended?
Dental crowns may be used in a variety of situations, including:
- To repair severely decayed or damaged teeth
- To protect root canal treated teeth from further damage
- To replace damaged fillings
- Ceramic crowns may be used as part of a cosmetic dentistry plan to enhance the appearance of your smile
- To replace missing teeth as part of a fixed bridge restoration or when supported by replacement teeth
What are Fixed Bridges?
Fixed bridges are an effective tooth replacement solution for patients missing one or a few consecutive missing teeth. Fixed bridges attach a replacement tooth or teeth to dental crowns on each side. These dental crowns are affixed to surrounding healthy teeth for support, recreating the flawless function and appearance of your smile.
How are Crowns & Bridges Placed?
Dental crowns and bridges are placed over the course of two appointments. During the first visit, we prepare your teeth. Then, we capture impressions that will be used by the dental lab to craft your crown or bridge. Next, we place a temporary that will protect your smile between appointments. At your second visit, we simply exchange your temporary for the custom dental crown or fixed bridge.
Benefits of Crowns & Bridges
There are many benefits to dental crowns and bridges, including:
- Repair the smile to full function with a natural looking and feeling solution
- Replace lost tooth structure and avoid further tooth decay or damage
- Save teeth that may otherwise need to be extracted
- Replace missing teeth with a semi-permanent fixed tooth replacement prosthetic
Caring for Your Repaired Smile
Once your dental crown or fixed bridge is in place, you should carefully brush for at least two minutes at a time at least twice day. You should also floss at least once each day and visit our office for twice a year dental exams. Depending on the material used to craft your restoration, we may recommend switching to a softer bristled toothbrush or less abrasive toothpaste to avoid excessive wear. We may also encourage you to use a waxed floss to avoid pulling around the edges of your restoration. A specialized flossing tool may be needed to clean around a fixed bridge restoration to ensure there is not plaque buildup between your bridge and the gum line.