If you crack a tooth, develop a cavity, or lose a tooth, crowns and bridges can prevent further problems and restore your smile, along with your confidence and self-esteem. At Savannah Dental in Savannah, Georgia, the team of expert dentists uses crowns and bridges to repair tooth loss and tooth damage quickly and effectively. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a caring staff member today.
Crowns and bridges are two of the most popular dental restorations that serve very different purposes.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped coverings used to repair a severely damaged or decaying tooth. Once bonded in place, they cover the entire portion of your tooth enamel above the gum line. Crowns restore your tooth to its near-original shape and size, lowering your risk of additional complications while making it possible to bite and chew comfortably.
Bridges are an oral prosthetic used to repair a gap in your smile caused by a missing tooth. There are several types of dental bridges, but all have a false tooth and a supportive framework. Depending on the type of bridge you receive, the team at Savannah Dental bonds your bridge to one or both teeth on either side of the gap.
The team at Savannah Dental uses crowns to:
You might also benefit from a crown if you have a cracked, chipped, or broken tooth.
Bridges aren’t as versatile as crowns. They’re only used to replace a single missing tooth. This restores your smile and lowers your risk of potential problems caused by missing teeth, including gum recession, bone loss, and movement of your remaining teeth.
Getting crowns and bridges starts with an in-office consultation. During your appointment, the team conducts an oral exam, reviews your oral health history, and takes a series of X-rays with the on-site cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scanner.
The team then takes digital impressions of your teeth using the Element iTero 5D scanner. This saves you the hassle of goopy and messy molds and allows for more accurate impressions and better-fitting prosthetics.
After taking impressions, the team sends them to a dental laboratory that manufactures your crowns or bridge.
If you’re getting a crown, the team prepares your affected tooth by shaving off a thin layer of enamel on the top and sides. If you’re getting a bridge, the team prepares one or both teeth on either side of the gap in your smile.
About a week later, you return to Savannah Dental. The team lines up your crown or bridge and carefully bonds it in place. The procedure is quick and pain-free, restoring your smile almost instantly.
To see if you qualify for crowns and bridges, schedule an appointment at Savannah Dental. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a caring team member today.