Porcelain Restorations Atlanta
Gold and silver dental restorations have long been used to restore damaged and decayed teeth, but it’s no secret that they leave a less-than-desirable mark on your smile. Thanks to modern advances in dentistry, you have more options for restoring a healthy and beautiful smile. Drs. Dina Giesler and Marianna Kovitch are pleased to offer dental crowns and bridges made of high-quality porcelain that are both long-lasting and natural-looking. No matter what your needs are, our dentists will craft your porcelain dental restorations to address your specific concerns and goals for a radiant and seamless smile.
Porcelain (Metal-free) Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are caps placed over teeth to restore function and appearance to a damaged tooth. Dental crowns can be used to:
- Strengthen a weakened tooth
- Replace a large filling
- Provide stability when attached to a dental bridge
- Cover a dental implant that replaces a missing tooth
Porcelain Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are fixed dental restorations used to replace one or more missing teeth. They can be used to:
- Fill in gaps due to missing teeth
- Restore proper chewing and speaking ability
- Prevent teeth from shifting in the mouth due to missing teeth
- Relieve jaw pain and other problems caused by an uneven bite from missing teeth
There are several types of dental bridges; our dentists will make their recommendations based on which is best for your specific needs. We offer the following types of bridges:
Traditional bridge: consists of an artificial tooth supported on either side by a dental crown. The dental crowns are placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap.
Maryland-bonded bridge: consists of an artificial tooth with two dental crowns positioned next to each other.
Cantilever bridge: often used for the front teeth. It consists of an artificial tooth attached to two metal bands. The bands are bonded onto the backsides of the teeth on either side of the gap.
Zirconium All-White Substructure Crowns and Bridges
In addition to porcelain restorations, Atlanta Smiles & Wellness also offers dental crowns and bridges made of all-white zirconium, which offers the strength of metal with the added benefit of a tooth-colored aesthetic. Zirconium has been shown to be stronger than porcelain while still providing a natural-looking appearance. The decision of crafting your dental restoration using zirconium or porcelain will be up to you and your dentist and will depend on a variety of factors, including the placement of the dental restoration, your aesthetic goals and budget.
Dental crowns and bridges are typically placed over the course of two visits. During the first visit, your dentist will prepare the tooth or teeth that will receive the dental restorations. This includes removing decay and reshaping the tooth or teeth that will surround the bridge. Next, we will make an impression of your tooth or teeth, which will be sent a dental laboratory where your customized dental crown or bridge will be crafted. We will place a temporary restoration over your tooth or teeth while you wait for your permanent ones. Two weeks after your first appointment, you will return to our office so we can place your permanent restoration. We will make adjustments to your restoration as needed so it can match the color and shape of your natural teeth. Once in place, your dental restoration will be virtually indistinguishable from the surrounding teeth.
Caring for Your Dental Restoration
Dental restorations are designed to be strong and durable. With proper care, they can last for many years. Like natural teeth, your dental restoration will need to be brushed and flossed regularly. We recommend avoiding chewing ice, hard foods or objects (e.g., pens), which can potentially crack and damage your dental restoration. Routine dental checkups with our team are important so we can monitor the function and health of your dental restoration.
To learn more about porcelain dental crowns and bridges, schedule a consultation with Atlanta Smiles & Wellness. Please call (404) 262-7733 today.