Dental crowns completely cover a compromised tooth to restore both form and function to your smile. At Advanced Dental Care in Valdosta, GA, Drs. W. Ashley Moorman, J. Barclay Woodward, and Bill Moorman can design and place highly aesthetic and lifelike crowns that blend seamlessly into your smile. We can also replace a single tooth with a dental implant supporting a custom crown.
Dental Crown Candidacy
Crowns are typically recommended if a tooth is significantly damaged, but not necessarily in need of extraction. Preservation of natural tissue is always the priority in dentistry, and a crown is a solution that allows you to keep a compromised tooth that would be otherwise unable to contribute to the balance and function of your bite.
If a single tooth is lost, an implant-supported crown can provide many benefits over dental bridges for the right candidates. The jaw will begin to change in size and shape after tooth loss, but implants can stop - and, to a small degree, reverse - this reaction. If you are a non-smoker who has not experienced significant jaw atrophy, this solution may be right for you.
In some cases, a crown can be used to cover a misshapen or severely discolored tooth for an aesthetic enhancement.
Crowns are a simple concept that can provide significant benefits to your health and your confidence when provided by an experienced dentist.
The Crown Placement Process
Next, we will prepare your tooth to receive the crown. This process involves removing small amounts of enamel so your crown fits properly. We will take impressions of the tooth and send them to our trusted laboratory to design your new restoration.
A crown is a solution that allows you to keep a compromised tooth that would be otherwise unable to contribute to the balance and function of your bite.
While you wait for your crown to return from the lab, we will provide a temporary restoration to protect your tooth. Once your crown is ready - usually after about two weeks - your dentist will check its fit and appearance. If no adjustments are necessary, your dentist will bond the crown to your tooth using a strong adhesive.
A dental implant-supported crown will require undergoing two surgical procedures. During the first, a dental implant will be inserted into the jawbone at the site of the lost tooth. The gums will be sutured closed over the implant to facilitate healing. Over the next four to six months, the implant will become integrated with the bone tissue.
Once this process is complete, you will undergo a minor second surgery in which the gums are incised and the implant is fitted with an abutment piece that will connect with the crown. The gums are sutured in a manner that leaves the abutment exposed above the gumline. Once the gums have healed, we can begin crafting your crown.
Protect Your Oral Health
When you have a tooth compromised by damage or decay, you become vulnerable to more severe oral health concerns. We provide dental crowns that can benefit your entire smile. If you are suffering from a decayed, broken, or lost tooth, contact our office online or call us at (229) 242-4441 to schedule a consultation.
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