Crowns and bridges are two common dental procedures. Missing or damaged teeth can cause both cosmetic and functional problems. It is important to have these problems addressed by a professional dentist who is accomplished in this type of dental work. As part of her restorative dentistry practice Dr. Alla Brown specializes in dental crown and bridge procedures in the Buford area.
Dental crowns are used to replace the surface area of a tooth that is either damaged or unsightly. Sometimes a tooth that has a cavity or large filling will crack or break off. In other situations a tooth may be discolored or visually distracting. Replacing the surface area with a crown is a fairly simple procedure. It requires only two office visits. At the first visit the damaged portion of the tooth is removed, x-rays are taken, and a temporary crown is attached. The permanent crown, made of porcelain or metal, will be fitted at the second visit. The permanent tooth will fit comfortably and will blend in with the surrounding teeth.
Dental bridges become necessary when teeth are missing. A bridge keeps the remaining teeth spaced and aligned properly. Teeth are made to match the surrounding natural teeth and placed on a metal bar. The healthy teeth on either side of the bridge will be crowned and then the bridge is attached. The permanent teeth will be made of porcelain, metal, or a combination of both. Your family dentist will determine which material will be best for your situation.
As with most restorative dental procedures in Atlanta, you will expect two or three visits to complete the work. Finding a local dentist will make it easy to schedule appointments that are convenient for you.
If you are looking for a Lanier dentist who can replace missing teeth with a dental bridge or crown, then Dr. Brown at Lanier Family and Cosmetic Dentistry can help you achieve that goal.