According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, nearly 15 million people in America have crowns or bridges. Charley Cheney, DMD, offers crowns and bridges to his patients at Complete Dental Arts in Newnan, Georgia, as a way to repair damaged teeth, restore missing teeth, and enhance the look and function of their smiles. To learn more about how crowns and bridges can improve your oral health, schedule an appointment today by calling the Complete Dental Arts offices or booking online.
A crown is an artificial tooth cap that’s affixed on top of an existing root structure in order to repair or a restore a tooth that’s been damaged or is decayed. A crown is a permanent tooth-replacement solution that’s designed to look, feel, and function just like your natural tooth.
A bridge is also an artificial tooth replacement, but it’s designed to replace an entire tooth or teeth that are missing between teeth, essentially “bridging” the gap between teeth. A bridge is made up of an entirely artificial tooth or teeth that are connected to a crown on either side.
Replacing missing teeth with a crown or a bridge has many advantages, such as:
Crowns and bridges can also make you feel better about the appearance of your smile by filling in any missing pieces.
Dr. Cheney installs your crown or bridge in two visits to the Complete Dental Arts offices. During your first appointment, he numbs the area around your missing tooth or teeth with a local anesthetic and then prepares the abutments. For a crown, this requires shaving down the enamel on the tooth that’s going to be receiving the crown. For a bridge, Dr. Cheney shaves down the enamel on the “anchor teeth,” which are the teeth on either side of the missing tooth.
Once your teeth are prepared, Dr. Cheney takes an impression of your mouth. He sends this impression to a lab, where your crown or bridge will be custom-designed to fit seamlessly in your mouth and blend in perfectly with your other natural teeth. The process of constructing the crown can take a few weeks, so Dr. Cheney will fit you with a temporary replacement while you wait, usually made of stainless steel.
Once your permanent crown or bridge is ready, you come back to the Complete Dental Arts offices for a second visit. Dr. Cheney removes your temporary crown or bridge, cleans your mouth, and places the permanent crown or bridge. After checking to ensure that the bite is comfortable, he seals it with a permanent bonding solution. You’ll leave the office able to eat and speak as if the crown or bridge were natural teeth!
Don’t wait to improve your smile. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Cheney and the team at Complete Dental Arts and get started with your crown or bridge today! You can call the office or use the easy online booking tool.