Restoring and Replacing Teeth

Dental Crowns Valdosta

A tooth prepared for a crownWhen a tooth is compromised by trauma or decay, it can’t repair itself like bones or other parts of the body. To preserve the tooth and avoid the need for tooth extraction, Drs. Moorman and Woodward often use dental crowns, available at our office serving patients throughout Valdosta, to support the tooth and restore function to the smile overall. As a fabricated replica of a tooth’s top portion, a dental crown can serve a wide variety of purposes. Meanwhile, dental bridges, or partial dentures, can be used to replace lost teeth. To learn more about how crowns and bridges can benefit you, contact us today.

Like Shields for Teeth

Modern dental crowns are crafted to mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. The porcelain used to create them is tinted to the exact color of a patient’s teeth, and the material is specially layered to reflect light in the same manner as tooth enamel. The result is a replica of the visible part of a tooth that is virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. Cracked and fractured teeth, or teeth that have had some of their structure removed to eradicate tooth decay, can become too weak to function without causing further damage. Dental crowns fit completely over the afflicted tooth to prevent pressure from damaging it further. 

Bridging Gaps in Your Smile

Dental crowns can also anchor a dental bridge, which is designed to replace a lost tooth, or a few lost teeth in a row. Some patients choose to secure a dental bridge to one or more dental implants, which are prosthetic tooth roots that are surgically implanted into the jawbone. If a patient is missing a single tooth, a crown can be used to restore a single dental implant, completing the smile. Dental implants are considered an excellent investment in your oral health, since they provide support equal to that of natural tooth roots, and can help you retain bone mass in your jaw. Contact us today to learn more about this advanced solution.

Placing Dental Crowns and Bridges

To accommodate a dental crown, a small amount of the tooth structure is removed, allowing the crown to fit comfortably while retaining enough healthy tooth structure for it to grasp. Local anesthesia is usually used to numb the tooth during preparation. Once the tooth is prepared, your dentist will take an impression, which will be sent to an offsite lab. In about two to four weeks, your restoration will be complete (in the meantime, you will be given a temporary restoration to wear). You will return for a second appointment, and your dentist will permanently place your crown or bridge.

Restore Your Smile Today

Dental crowns and bridges have helped many of our patients find renewed confidence and improved quality of life by restoring the appearance and function of their smiles. To learn more how dental crowns or a dental bridge can help you, schedule a consultation with us today.

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