Many people with damaged or missing teeth probably wonder, “Am I a candidate for crowns and bridges?” If you live in or near Macon, GA, that and many other questions about such dental procedures are worth asking a qualified, experienced dental professional such as the staff of Northside Family Dentistry.
Crowns and bridges are both prosthetic dental devices. Unlike dentures, which are removable, crowns and bridges are permanent fixtures; they can only be removed by the dentist.
Crowns are used to repair individual teeth or to cover implants and are designed specifically for the patient’s need. They are made from a hard substance--such as porcelain, resin materials and metal--and placed over the tooth or over an implant. People who need to repair a damaged or decayed tooth, or who are getting an implant, can be a candidate for a crown. Crowns are also used in cosmetic procedures
Bridges are prosthetic devices that are designed to fill a gap between teeth. Bridges are also designed to the patient’s individual needs. Anyone who is missing one to three teeth can be a candidate for a bridge; more than that may require another option, such as a partial denture. Traditional bridges rely on existing teeth to support them. Therefore, you can receive bridges if you are missing teeth between two healthy teeth--teeth not compromised or decayed.
Even if your teeth are compromised, it is possible to do a bridge between two implants. If the patient has advanced gum disease, your Macon dentist will treat that before undertaking any procedures such as crowns and bridges.
If you live in the Macon, GA area and are seeking information as to whether you are a good candidate for crowns and bridges, or are seeking the services of a qualified dental professional, consider contacting Northside Family Dentistry. For more information call (478)475-1976 or visit the website at www.northsidefamilydentistry.com