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Dental crowns and bridges restore smile functionality, strength, and appearance. At Myers Family Dental, in Augusta, GA, our dentists not only create and place the finest tooth replacements and restorations, but Dr. Alan Myers and Dr. Eliza Myers also help you extend their life and usefulness.
A broken or lost tooth
Either one is a problem because it compromises your smile integrity and longevity. Fortunately, today's restorations and tooth replacements feature excellent design and fabrication processes and quality materials, such as realistic dental-grade porcelain.
So, if you have a tooth damaged by decay, accident, or other problem, a porcelain crown may be your solution. Your dentist will evaluate the tooth in question at Myers Family Dental in Augusta, GA, to determine its fitness for restoration with a crown. A crown covers and supports the remaining healthy portions of your tooth, lengthening its life by many years.
If you have suffered tooth loss, Dr. Myers can help that as well with a single- or multi-tooth bridge supported by dental implants or porcelain crowns. Bridges span smile gaps, restoring your biting power and smile appearance.
Caring for crowns and bridges
Meticulous oral hygiene is essential to a healthy smile and even more so when restorations or tooth replacements have been installed by your dentist in Augusta, GA. To care for your crown or bridge, follow these hygiene guidelines, and as always, if you have a question or concern, contact Myers Family Dental. We're more than happy to help.
Crown and bridge care
1, Keep ahead of harmful plaque and tartar build-up. Brush twice a day and floss daily. Your hygienist will advise you on the proper way to clean around your bridge or crown. The objective is this: avoid the bacterial infiltration which leads to decay and gum disease.
2. Never chew ice, taffy, nuts, caramel apples, or other extra-hard and sticky foods recommend News-Medical.net. These can dislodge restorations, such as fillings and crowns, and place excess stress on dental implants and the pontic, or artificial, teeth that are part of bridgework.
3. See Dr. Myers for a six-month oral exam and your hygienist for a professional cleaning.
With good care, your crown or bridge should last for many years, improving how you bite and chew and maintaining your smile integrity.
If you have a crown or a bridge in your future, contact Dr. Alan Myers or Dr. Eliza Myers to learn more about the process and aftercare, too. Call Myers Family Dental in Augusta, GA, for a personalized consultation: (706) 738-7742.
Before you get any dental work it’s important that you understand everything you can about your procedure so you know whether it’s the best option for you and your smile. While your dentist can certainly determine whether you are an ideal candidate for certain treatments the sole decision-maker for what treatment is best lies with you. So isn’t it time you found out more about dental crowns and bridges from Myers Family Dental in Augusta, GA?
What is a dental crown?
This cap-like dental restoration looks just like the crown of a natural tooth and is fitted over a tooth that has been damaged. Crowns are most often recommended for teeth that have cracks, fractures, or severe discolorations and decay. When you get a dental crown from your restorative dentist Dr. Alan Myers in Augusta, GA, we will first need to buff out any cracks or fractures beforehand. This usually means removing a certain amount of enamel to prevent the tooth from further damage and to make room for the new restoration, which will be fitted over the tooth and cemented into place.
What is a bridge?
A dental bridge also uses dental crowns to restore your smile, the only difference is that a bridge is also designed to replace missing teeth. The bridge contains one crown on either end with an artificial tooth or teeth in the middle. These crowns are placed over healthy, neighboring teeth to hold the bridge in place.
Who should get crowns and bridges?
Anyone who has a damaged tooth and is looking to restore full function or appearance back into their smile can benefit from a dental crown. Also, those who are undergoing root canal treatment will most likely need a crown afterwards to protect the tooth from further problems.
Most patients who have good oral hygiene but are missing teeth can opt for dental bridges. Of course, you’ll need to have healthy teeth from which to secure the bridge. Your cosmetic dentist Dr. Myers will be able to examine your smile and determine if crowns and bridges are right for you.
What is the procedure like?
If you are just getting a dental crown then we will need to prepare the tooth ahead of time by removing some enamel. This will ensure that there is enough room for the crown to fit comfortably. With dental bridges, we will need to prepare the two surrounding teeth the same way we would for a regular crown.
In order to get either a crown or bridge, we will need to take impressions of your smile so that you can get a restoration that is customized to fit your smile perfectly. During your second visit, we will place the restoration and make any necessary adjustments before cementing it into place.