Dental Crowns & Fixed Bridges
To repair dental damage, avoid tooth loss, and replace missing teeth, dentists have relied on dental crowns and fixed bridges for decades. If you’ve experienced advanced dental damage too severe for restoration with conservative treatments like tooth-colored fillings, dental crowns will restore your lost tooth structure and protect the damaged tooth. Fixed bridges can be used to replace one or a few consecutive missing teeth. If you’re in need of dental restoration in or around the Marietta area, contact Thornton Dental Wellness to schedule an appointment. Neely Thornton, DMD and her dedicated dentistry team offer a wide range of dental services to the meet the needs of any patient, and we’re happy to see you right away if your tooth is damaged during a dental emergency.
Dental Crown Restorations
Dental crowns are restorations that fit completely over the top of decayed or damaged teeth. They can be made from a variety of materials including gold, porcelain fused to metal, and all ceramic. We can use dental crowns to repair damaged teeth, protect and strengthen teeth following a root canal, and we can even improve the appearance of the smile with one or more tooth-colored, all-ceramic dental crowns.
A fixed bridge is a tooth replacement prosthetic. By fusing one or a few replacement teeth to a dental crown on each side, we can recreate lost teeth. The dental crowns are then attached to surrounding healthy teeth that provide support for the fixed bridge prosthetic.
The Dental Restoration Process
Patients in need of dental crown or fixed bridge restoration should plan to visit our office at least two times for treatment appointments. During the initial visit, we’ll prepare the tooth by removing a small amount of surface enamel to allow the crown to fit into the natural smile line. For fixed bridges, we’ll likely need to remove a greater amount of tooth structure as the healthy teeth used to support the fixed bridge will need to be pared down to allow for the additional space needed for the dental crown. Once teeth are prepared, we capture bite impressions that will be sent to our dental lab where your custom dental restoration is crafted. We’ll place a temporary restoration to protect your prepared teeth. When we receive the custom restoration from the lab, you’ll return to exchange your temporary for the permanent dental crown or fixed bridge restoration.
Implant Supported Dental Crowns & Bridges
Patients who are looking to replace one or several consecutive missing teeth can achieve a flawless, natural looking and feeling smile with implant supported dental crowns and fixed bridges. Dental implant posts are crafted from high quality titanium that fuses with the gums and jawbone, recreating the lost tooth root. A single implant post can be attached to a dental crown to replace one tooth. Two fused together dental crowns can usually be attached to the same implant post. For three or more consecutive teeth, two implant posts, one at each end, will be needed to support the fixed bridge restoration.