Smile Restoring Dental Crowns & Bridges
Your smile says a lot about you. A straight, bright white smile looks healthy and youthful. Crooked, decayed, or damaged teeth may be sending the wrong messages during personal and professional interactions. If you have one or more damaged or missing teeth, we may be able to fully repair your smile with a natural looking dental crown or fixed bridge restoration. At the Marietta dental office James A. Merriman, DDS, FAGD, we work hard to help our patients maintain a beautiful smile, but when accidents or cavities happen, we’re here to help with that too. Dental crowns and fixed bridges are versatile dental restorations that allow us to fully restore damaged teeth to healthy, natural looking function, so your smile puts your best foot forward. Call our Marietta dental team right away if you experience tooth decay or dental damage. We’ll create a personalized restorative dentistry treatment plan to put the smile back on your face.
A dental crown is an advanced restoration that fits completely over the top of a damaged tooth to replace the lost form and protect remaining dental structure from further damage. Crowns can be crafted from a variety of materials including gold, porcelain fused to metal, and all-ceramic. Each material has its own unique advantages, and we will help you find the right one to meet your needs. We most often recommend patients receive an all-ceramic dental crown as these restorations look like natural tooth structure and maintain this appearance throughout the life of the crown. We may need to use a dental crown to restore teeth in a variety of situations including:
- To repair severely decayed or damaged teeth
- To replace a large dental filling that has failed or fallen out
- To protect a root canal treated tooth
- To create a flawless appearance as part of a cosmetic dentistry plan
- To replace one missing tooth when anchored to a dental implant post
- To support a fixed bridge restoration
Fixed bridges are advanced restorations used to replace one or more consecutive missing teeth. A fixed bridge uses two dental crowns, one on each side, fused to a replacement tooth or teeth to support the restoration. The entire tooth replacement prosthetic is then attached to the surrounding healthy teeth by the crowns.
Dental Implant Supported Crowns & Bridges
In addition to traditional fixed bridge tooth replacements, we can also offer dental implant supported crown and bridge tooth replacement options. For patients missing one to five consecutive teeth, an implant supported dental crown or fixed bridge may be an effective treatment solution. A single dental crown, or two fused together crowns in some cases, can be supported by a single dental implant post. The implant will be placed below the gums where it mimics natural tooth root structures. Traditional fixed bridges are attached to healthy teeth on either side of the restorations. Implant retained fixed bridges are supported by a dental implant on each side.Learn more about Implant Supported Crowns & Bridges
Caring for Your Crown or Bridge
Once your dental crown or fixed bridge is in place, you will not need to make many changes to your daily routine. If you have a porcelain fused to metal or all-ceramic dental restoration, we may advise you to choose an ultra soft bristled toothbrush and minimally abrasive toothpaste to avoid high levels of dental wear. Patients with a fixed bridge may need to use specialized flosser tools or a water flosser to remove plaque buildup below the replacement tooth. Otherwise, your newly restored smile will look, feel, and function just like healthy tooth structure for years with proper daily cleaning and regular dental appointments.
Dental Crowns & Bridges FAQs
Now you know a bit more about why dental crowns and bridges are used and how to care for them properly. While this is a good jumping-off point, it’s natural to still have some questions on your mind. If you’d like to speak directly with our team about them, then don’t hesitate to contact our office! However, if you’d prefer to do more research before reaching out, we’ve answered a few frequently asked questions below.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Crowns and Bridges?
If you need root canal therapy, are using dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth, or have a damaged tooth in need of repair, then you may be a candidate for a dental crown in Marietta. The best way to find out for certain is by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Merriman. From there, he can use his findings from his visual inspection and your X-rays to determine whether the inner parts of your tooth (or teeth) are healthy enough to support it. If it isn’t, then he can discuss your options and create a custom treatment plan to ensure you get the full, healthy, beautiful smile you deserve.
Will My Dental Crowns and Bridges Look Natural?
Although metal dental restorations continue to be an effective solution for damaged or decayed teeth, many patients prefer tooth-colored alternatives that restore the function and aesthetic of their smile. After all, gold and silver dental crowns and bridges can be quite an eyesore when you talk, chew, and laugh. However, the modern solutions mimic enamel down to the way light reflects off of it. In short, even you and your loved ones will have a hard time telling the difference!
How Much Do Dental Crowns and Bridges Cost?
Since there are a variety of factors to consider, like how many you need and whether you have available dental insurance benefits, there isn’t an all-encompassing answer to this question. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t easily find out the answer. By scheduling an appointment with our dentist in Marietta, you can find out the exact price, how much your insurance provider will cover, and the financial options available to break up the cost (if needed). Just contact our office to get started!
What If My Dental Crown or Bridge Comes Off?
Don’t panic! Although dental crowns and bridges are comprised of high-quality materials and are built to last, accidents can happen. Priority number one is to contact our office. From there, we can guide you through the next best steps and schedule a time for you to come in for treatment. Under no circumstance should you attempt to remedy the situation on your own by putting it back in place with a household item, like superglue, since it can be hazardous to your oral and general health.