Can Repair and Enhance Your Smile
Dr. Brett Hester provides quality dental crowns and bridges at his Valdosta, GA, practice to repair or replace teeth damaged by decay or trauma. Crowns repair damaged teeth by covering and protecting the visible portion of the tooth. Bridges replace missing teeth with one or more prosthetic teeth that are anchored to dental crowns. Both crowns and bridges can also restore dental implants. Dr. Hester works with an outstanding laboratory to provide restorations that not only look completely natural, but are also exceptionally durable. Under Dr. Hester’s care, you can experience a attractive smile that looks great, feels comfortable, and helps you to chew and enunciate properly.
Dental crowns and bridges help our patients enjoy strong, healthy, and beautiful smiles.
About Dental Crowns
Crowns are typically used to support teeth that are cracked or worn, or that have too much decay for a filling. If an individual tooth cannot be saved, a crown can restore a single dental implant to replace the tooth. In addition to being an integral part of a traditional bridge, crowns can be used to restore a tooth after root canal therapy. Crowns are also used cosmetically to enhance the appearance of a tooth.
About Dental Bridges
Dental bridges replace one or a few lost teeth in a row, giving you the look and feel of a complete smile. They ensure that the force of your bite is properly distributed, maintain the shape of your face, help you chew and speak properly, and prevent the rest of your teeth from shifting out of position. Traditional bridges consist of one or more replacement teeth (pontics) that attach to adjacent teeth with crowns. If you do not have suitable teeth to place a bridge, it can be attached to dental implants. Many patients also opt for implant-supported bridges because the restoration is stronger and more permanent, and implants have additional health benefits.
Procedure for Crowns and Bridges
At the beginning of your appointment, the treatment area will be completely numbed for your comfort. You may also receive nitrous oxide sedation if you prefer. If you are having one or more teeth crowned, Dr. Hester will first need to reshape them and remove any damage. In some cases, a tooth needs a filling in order to adequately support the crown. This usually is necessary when it has been broken or has had a root canal. After the tooth is prepared, Dr. Hester will make an impression of it to send to his dental laboratory. Then he will place a temporary crown on the tooth while the lab fabricates your restoration. You will then return for a second appointment to have the permanent crown attached to your tooth.
Dr. Hester works with an outstanding laboratory to provide restorations that not only look completely natural, but are also exceptionally durable.
The procedure for a bridge is similar. Dr. Hester will prepare the teeth on either side for crowns. But instead of making impressions for crowns, he will make impressions to use as a model for a bridge. At the end of the appointment he will place a temporary bridge, and we will schedule a follow-up appointment so that Dr. Hester can attach your permanent bridge.
This patient presented with extensive gumline decay due to years of plaque accumulation. They received dental crowns on the upper arch and tooth colored restorations on the lower arch.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have one or more missing or damaged teeth, it is best to treat them as soon as possible. Dr. Hester provides comfortable treatment with high-quality materials, and flexible financing so you can receive the treatment you need. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.