Bring a Smile to Your Face with Dental Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns offer cosmetic and restorative correction for patients with extensive dental damage, decay, or cosmetic flaws. Repairing smile irregularities with dental crowns protects surrounding teeth from damage and keeps the pressure on teeth even to prevent strain. This versatile restoration option is used in a number of situations, including:
- To repair severely decayed or damaged teeth
- As the finishing touch to protect teeth treated with root canal therapy
- As part of single tooth implant supported tooth replacement
- To support fixed bridge tooth replacement
Dr. Michael L. Howard has years of training and experience offering high quality dental crowns crafted from a variety of materials, including metal, porcelain bonded to metal, and lifelike ceramic. In most cases, we recommend all-ceramic restorations, as they provide superior cosmetic results to match their durability. Even porcelain bonded to metal crowns that initially provide cosmetically appealing results can develop dark colored spots or bands over the course of several years as the porcelain wears away, revealing the metal below. Ceramic crowns are crafted from a single block of dental-grade ceramic that’s precisely shaded to blend into an individual’s smile. Additionally, since these restorations are crafted from a single block of material, they are less likely to develop cracks or fractures over the years.
The entire process is completed over the course of two short appointments. During the first visit, we prepare patients’ teeth and capture dental impressions. The impressions are taken by a trusted dental lab, where the custom crown is designed and crafted. In the meantime, we place a temporary crown to protect the prepared tooth. When patients return for a second appointment, we exchange the temporary for a custom dental crown.
If you’ve lost one to three consecutive teeth due to decay, gum disease, or facial trauma, a dental crown supported fixed bridge offers comfortable tooth replacement that looks and feels natural. A fixed bridge consists of one or more replacement teeth that are connected to two surrounding dental crowns. The dental crowns on either side of the replacement teeth are cemented in place over healthy teeth on either side of the gap, supporting the restoration.
If you have a missing or damaged tooth that you’re interested in replacing or repairing, contact our Marietta, GA team. We’re happy to examine your tooth and offer treatment recommendations based on your unique smile. In addition to traditional crown and bridge, we offer dental implant supported crowns and bridges for more a more natural result.