High-Quality Dental Crowns & Bridges in Marietta
If you’re not completely satisfied with your smile, getting a dental crown or a bridge might be the answer. At Shining Smiles Family Dentistry, we take great care to ensure our patients get natural and durable results from each dental treatment. Dr. Shaila Mohip-Chahwala has expertise in many cosmetic dental treatments to help you get the smile you desire. For assistance with dental bridges and crowns, we are happy to welcome you to our Marietta office.
What Is a Dental Crown or Dental Bridge?
Typically, a crown is used to improve the shape, appearance, or functionality of a single tooth. If you have multiple teeth side-by-side that need crowns, a dental bridge may be the best option for you. A dental bridge may also be used to replace one or more missing teeth.
Unlike dentures which can be removed, a crown and dental bridge is permanent. Crowns and bridges are typically made from porcelain, thus providing a strong, solid and stable foundation.
Crowns are attached to the teeth by either being placed directly over an old tooth, or they are placed with an abutment on top of a recently placed dental implant.
A crown or dental bridge should last 20 years or more – and often does. After years of use, however, your crown or bridge may become loose. This is why it’s important to make sure you get regular dental cleanings that can extend the life of a crown or bridge.
How to Know if You Need a Dental Crown or Bridge
If you have cracked, chipped, broken or lost teeth, a dental crown or bridge may be the perfect option to help you. Crowns and bridges are also used for the following dental treatments.
- Protect a tooth that shows signs of weakness or stress from fracturing
- Replace a filling where there isn’t enough tooth remaining
- Cover a tooth that has become discolored due to trauma or decay
- Cover an odd-shaped tooth
- Cover a dental implant after restoration
In layman’s terms, if you have a tooth that just doesn’t look right, feel right – or both – and you’d like to do something about it, then a dental crown or bridge could be the ideal option for you.
The Importance of Fit and Color in Dental Crowns and Bridges
When it comes to making a crown or bridge there are two extremely important aspects – color and fit. A crown must fit well so it won’t easily become detached. Also, you want your new crown to match the color of your other teeth.
Once you have decided upon treatment, we take dental impressions to make sure the crown will fit perfectly. To ensure that your crown will blend in with the surrounding teeth, a color match is also performed.
If you have recently received dental implants, your crown or bridge will be placed on an abutment that is attached to the top of your dental implant.
At Shining Smiles, we take great care to ensure that these two requirements – fit and appearance – are met.
Common Questions About Dental Crowns & Bridges
Crowns are larger than veneers and cover the whole tooth. Veneers cover the front of the tooth. Veneers add aesthetic appeal to teeth, whereas crowns address both functionality and appearance of a damaged tooth.
Regular brushing, flossing and dental appointments can ensure your crowns or bridges last for many years. It’s also advisable to stay away from hard foods and sticky foods like gum or taffy, and also avoid grinding your teeth to maintain their excellent condition.
The main types of bridges available are traditional dental bridges, cantilever bridges, resin-bonded bridges and implant-supported bridges. Each option has its own advantages, and Dr. Mohip will discuss the best options based on your personal requirements.