Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Crowns & Bridges

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Having a clear understanding of all aspects of your dental care is essential, so we encourage you to be proactive about asking questions. You deserve to be fully informed, and we believe that no question is too small or unimportant. If a concern is important to you, it's important to us too.

We answer lots of questions for our patients, and some of those we hear most often are listed below. If you don’t see your specific question here or you would like more information, feel free to give our office a call!

Crowns & Bridges

Using state-of-the-art materials, today we can create dental crowns that look, feel, and function very much like a natural tooth - so much so, that even you may forget you have a crown in your mouth!

Dental crowns typically last between 5 and 15 years, but many variables affect a crown’s longevity. Today’s crowns are beautiful and durable, but they are still a dental prosthetic, and you need to care for them properly to extend their lifespan.

The lifespan of a crown relies mostly on the amount of stress to which it is exposed on a daily basis. For this reason, teeth grinding (bruxism) is extremely damaging and can cause a crown to chip or break.

Other bad habits like opening things with your teeth or biting your fingernails can also place excessive pressure on a crown. And of course, the longevity of any dental work depends on how well you care for your teeth by practicing proper oral hygiene and visiting us for semi-annual checkups and cleanings. If we find evidence that you grind your teeth, we will be happy to talk to you about creating a custom nightguard to protect them while you sleep.

If you would like more information about extending the life of dental crowns, please call our Alpharetta dental office to arrange a convenient appointment.

It is crucial for your overall dental health to replace a missing tooth as soon as possible. A dental bridge placed at Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry is just one option that can fill the open space and serve as a placeholder to stabilize surrounding teeth.

Whether or not you’re aware of it, your teeth are always moving to some extent. It is a very minor, subtle movement, but it does occur. When a tooth is healthy, the root not only holds it in place but also prevents adjacent teeth from moving.

If you lose a tooth, the fact that there is now an open space where the root should be gives surrounding teeth room to gradually drift out of proper alignment. A dental bridge does not actually have any type of root, but the fact that it’s there prevents other teeth from moving out of place.

So, a dental bridge is helpful, not only because it fills the space and improves your appearance, but it also protects your other teeth from becoming misaligned. Misaligned teeth are unattractive, and they can lead to problems with your dental bite and make proper oral hygiene difficult.

If you have a missing tooth, please call and ask us about restorative dentistry options at our Alpharetta dental office. We will be happy to arrange a consultation so that you can discuss bridges and other tooth replacement options with Dr. Kai.

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