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Dental Crowns & Bridges in Lawrenceville, GA

What are Dental Crowns?

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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.

FAQs About Crowns

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Dental crowns are resistant to staining, but this also means they don’t respond to whitening materials. Since crowns are matched to your natural tooth color, we recommend having teeth whitening procedures done before receiving a crown.
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If your crown has been damaged, call our office at (770) 962-4322 to schedule an appointment so Dr. Houenou can assess the damage. He may be able to repair or replace your crown.
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For the health of your tooth, we recommend against replacing your crown too often. But if you wish to change the material of your crown, Dr. Houenou can remove your old gold or metal crown and place a porcelain crown that matches your smile.

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.

FAQs About Bridges

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Most dental insurance plans cover part of the cost of dental bridges. For more information about the specifics of your plan, contact your insurance provider.
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Yes, dental bridges are safe. In fact, they’ll help to protect your oral health by covering soft tissue that’s vulnerable without protection.
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Your temporary bridge will be placed while you wait for your permanent bridge to be created. Once the permanent bridge is ready, Dr. Houenou will remove your temporary bridge and securely place the permanent one.
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The length of time your dental bridge lasts depends on how well you take care of it. A well-maintained bridge can last up to 15 years.

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.

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