Missing teeth can do a lot more damage than simply leaving a hole in your smile — they can actually cause a whole host of oral health problems. Charley Cheney, DMD, helps his patients at Fayette Dental Group in Fayetteville, Georgia, avoid these issues with high-quality crowns and bridges. If you’re interested in rejuvenating your smile and improving your oral health, schedule an appointment today by calling the office or booking online.
A crown is a prosthetic tooth that’s affixed on top of an existing root structure or a dental implant. A crown can restore the shape and size of a damaged tooth, reinforce the strength of a weakened tooth, or simply improve your smile by filling in a missing space.
A bridge is similar to a crown in that it’s an artificial tooth-replacement solution, but a bridge replaces multiple teeth. It’s made up of one or more crowns that are attached to an artificial tooth, called a pontic.
Crowns and bridges are popular solutions for people looking to improve the aesthetic appearance of their smile, but crowns and bridges also serve a number of medical purposes as well, like:
By filling in the spaces where you’d otherwise have missing teeth, crowns and bridges offer a number of benefits, such as:
Crowns and bridges fill in the gaps in the appearance and functioning of your smile, giving you a beautiful smile and optimized oral health.
Some of the more common crown and bridge materials include:
All of these materials suit different needs and preferences. When selecting the material for your crown or bridge, Dr. Cheney considers your aesthetic desires, where the crown or bridge will be in your mouth, and any budgetary concerns.
Getting a crown or bridge is a relatively simple procedure that Dr. Cheney can complete in two office visits.
During your first visit, Dr. Cheney numbs the tooth that’s going to receive the crown (or teeth, if it’s a bridge), and shaves off a portion of the enamel to make room for the prosthetic. Next, he makes an impression of your tooth that he sends off to a lab. Dr. Cheney will then fit you with a temporary crown. Meanwhile, the lab will use the impression to make a permanent crown or bridge.
Once the lab finishes making your permanent crown or bridge, you’ll come back to Dr. Cheney for a second visit, where he removes the temporary crown or bridge and places the permanent one. After assessing that the color and fit are accurate to your smile and bite, he cements it in place, and you’re done!
Don’t wait to improve your smile. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Cheney today by calling the office or using the convenient online booking tool.