What are Dental Crowns?
If you have a damaged or vulnerable tooth, a dental crown will cover your tooth and protect it. Dental crowns are tooth-shaped and tooth-colored caps that go over your natural tooth. They’re designed to blend in with your smile so you can have both perfect form and function.
The Dental Crown Process
When you come in for your appointment, Dr. Houenou will first assess the state of your tooth and make sure a crown is the best option for you. If he determines that a crown is right, he’ll shape your tooth so the crown can fit over it -- local anesthetic is used for your comfort.
Once the tooth has been shaped, Dr. Houenou will make an impression. Once the impression is made, Dr. Houenou will place a temporary crown so your tooth will be protected while the permanent one is created. Once ready, Dr. Houenou will securely place your crown when you come back to our office.
Are You a Candidate?
There are many reasons why you may need a crown, including:
- To protect a weak tooth from breaking or cracking
- To restore a broken or worn down tooth
- To cover and support a tooth that’s almost gone
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover a dental implant
- To make a cosmetic modification
- To cover discolored or distorted teeth
If you believe a crown could be beneficial for your smile, don’t hesitate to contact our office by calling (770) 962-4322. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and schedule a consultation with Dr. Houenou.
What are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges can help to replace one or more missing teeth by using crowns as support to bridge a gap. Bridges can restore the appearance of your smile as well as make it easier for you to eat and speak. We can make them so they blend in with your other teeth so you won’t be afraid to smile.
Bridges & Implants
When it comes to tooth replacement options, there are several available for you. Bridges and dental implants are both tooth loss solutions that can be used separately, or they can be paired together to create an implant-supported bridge.
The Dental Bridge Process
At your dental bridge appointment, Dr. Houenou will first examine your teeth and oral health to ensure the appropriate treatment is administered. From here, the process of getting a dental bridge is similar to receiving a crown.
Your teeth on either side of the gap will be prepared for crowns, which support the replacement teeth between them. Dr. Houenou will make an impression and place a temporary bridge until the permanent one is ready.
Once your permanent bridge is ready, we’ll call you to come back to our office so Dr. Houenou can securely place it. Then, you’ll be free to smile and enjoy your restored teeth without fear.
Does Your Bridge Need Repairing?
For bridges that break or need adjustments, Dr. Houenou may be able to help. There are some cases where the bridge may be too far gone to be saved and will need to be replaced instead.
If you notice chipping or cracking on your bridge, or pain and sensitivity while chewing, call our office at (770) 962-4322 for an appointment with Dr. Houenou so he can assess the damage.
Dr. Houenou Can Help You
If you have damaged or missing teeth, you don’t need to be ashamed of your smile. Dr. Houenou can create a beautiful restoration so you don’t have to worry about the appearance or function of your teeth.
To learn more, call our office at (770) 962-4322 or fill out our online contact form, located conveniently on this page -- we’ll get back to you right away.