The Benefits of Crowns and Bridges
February 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns and Bridges  

Damaged and missing teeth compromise personal appearance and oral function. Fortunately, the professional team at Myers Family Dental in Augusta, GA, has customized solutions to strengthen and complete smiles. They offer both E-Max ceramic and zirconia crowns to restore decayed and cracked teeth. Also, they deliver durable and lifelike bridgework to span smile gaps. Read on to learn how Drs. Alan and Eliza Myers keep smiles bright and functional.

What is a dental crown?

Your smile goes through a lot. You and your dentist work hard to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss; yet sometimes, the damage is inevitable. That's where dental crowns come in.

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cover made of realistic porcelain, a material known for its strength and beauty. In particular, the dentists at Myers Family Dental in Augusta place E-Max or zirconia crowns which are renowned for their exceptional durability and lifelike texture and color.

To place a crown, we must first remove any old filling material and cracked enamel. Then, the dentist shapes the tooth so that it can accept this above-the-gum-line restoration. Oral impressions and X-rays give the dental lab specifics on shape and color. When the crown is ready, the restoration is adjusted as needed and bonded in place with a strong adhesive.

Crowns can extend the life of an ailing tooth indefinitely. They avoid needless extractions and keep adjoining teeth in place. Typically, a crown lasts about ten years, but with good care, your E-Max or zirconia restoration could serve you even longer.

In addition, crowns complete root canal therapy, restore dental implants and also anchor fixed bridgework. In short, dental crowns are versatile and highly successful restorations.

What is fixed bridgework?

A dental bridge does what its name implies—it bridges, or spans, a gap created by missing teeth, one or more in a row. Composed of pontic (ie artificial teeth) anchored to an adjoining abutment or any natural teeth with crowns, fixed bridgework supplies excellent smile aesthetics and restores the natural functionality of biting and chewing.

Just as with a single crown procedure, Dr. Myers must take X-rays and oral impressions to formulate instructions for the dental lab. The dentist also prepares the supporting teeth to receive their crowns. When ready, bridgework is cemented in place and adjusted for proper bite.

Crowns and fixed bridgework both require diligent brushing and flossing to keep the crown margins free of toxic plaque and tartar which lead to decay and gum disease. Semi-annual cleanings and check-ups are also highly recommended.

A complete smile

Who wouldn't want that? If you're missing teeth or have a tooth weakened by decay, injury, or other circumstance—don't wait. Come to Myers Family Dental for a crown or bridgework consultation. We know you'll be pleased with the results. Call today for your appointment: (706) 738-7742.