Crowns & Bridges in McDonough, GA
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Crowns, or caps, are custom made to cover your natural teeth’s structure to restore their shape and size, strength, and improve their appearance. Bridges are also custom-made, natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a missing tooth or a section of missing teeth. Both crowns and bridges restore the natural contour of the teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth. They are permanently cemented and cannot be removed.
Crowns? What are they?
Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth. Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal.
When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth.
Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or prevent an existing filling from becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.
Bridges? What are they?
A traditional fixed bridge is composed of an artificial tooth with crowns attached to either side. The crowns are cemented next to the missing tooth. The artificial tooth takes the place of your missing tooth. Bridges are custom designed to look just like natural teeth and will fit well with your bite.
In some cases, fixed bridges may be anchored using resin or metal bands instead of crowns. This may be appropriate when the connecting teeth are healthy, well-anchored and free of fillings. In this case, metal anchors are affixed to the connecting teeth using a strong resin. The artificial tooth is then anchored to these bands.
Why Are Crowns and/or Bridges Needed?
What are different types of crowns and bridges that we offer?
Ceramic or All Porcelain Crowns/Bridges
All ceramic or all porcelain crowns/bridges provide the most aesthetic, natural-looking results. They are ideal for patients who have metal allergies.
The metals used in crowns/bridges include alloys that have a high content of gold or platinum or base-metal alloys such as cobalt-chromium and nickel-chromium. Metal crowns withstand biting and chewing forces well and probably last the longest in terms of wear. They rarely chip or break. Due to their metallic appearance, they are a good choice for out-of-sight molars.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns/bridges are made with a metal substructure. Porcelain covers the metal to provide a color match to adjacent teeth.