Crowns & Bridges Specialist

Savannah Dental Group

General & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Savannah, GA

Whether it’s damaged or missing teeth attracting unwanted attention, dental crowns and bridges can transform your appearance. At Savannah Dental Group in Savannah, Georgia, Dr. Christian Patti provides crowns and bridges to men, women, and children in and around Chatham County with flawed smiles. Crowns help protect teeth in poor health, and bridges are prosthetics that “bridge” gaps in your smile. To find out if a crown or bridge is right for your dental situation, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Crowns & Bridges Q & A

Savannah Dental Group

What are dental crowns?

A dental crown is a cap that covers a damaged tooth and helps protect or restore it to optimal health. Dr. Patti uses crowns to:

  • Protect teeth from fracturing
  • Protect teeth after a root canal
  • Restore fractured teeth
  • Replace a filling
  • Cover prosthetic teeth for added protection
  • Improve the appearance of discolored or misshapen teeth

Crowns are custom-made from porcelain to match the shade of your natural tooth. To create your crowns, Dr. Patti takes impressions of your affected tooth and sends them to a dental lab. Next, he makes recommendations to the lab on your behalf, such as specifying the condition of your tooth and whether it’s a front, back, top, or bottom tooth.

What are bridges?  

Dental bridges are custom-made, fixed prosthetic devices that replace one or multiple teeth. A dental bridge is a set of replacement teeth that resembles your natural teeth, spans a gap in your smile, and prevents the shifting of surrounding teeth.

Bridges are bonded with strong adhesive to surrounding teeth to provide steady support

How are crowns and bridges placed?

Placing a crown typically takes two office visits. At the first visit, Dr. Patti takes impressions of your mouth and may file down your tooth to make room for the crown. At your second appointment, he fits you with your permanent crown by bonding it onto your tooth with adhesive.

The process of placing a bridge is similar, except the placement of your bridges involves having them bonded to your natural teeth on either side of a gap in your smile.

After getting your bridges, Dr. Patti schedules a follow-up appointment to check in with you and assess how you’re adjusting to your new prosthetic teeth.

How long do crowns and bridges last?

Good oral hygiene is the best way to preserve the integrity of your dental appliance. With proper care and maintenance, like regular brushing and flossing, crowns and bridges should last at least 10 years — or longer.

As you age, your mouth goes through natural changes. Dr. Patti accommodates these changes by making adjustments to your crowns and bridges as needed.

If you’d like to schedule a consultation about crowns or bridges with Dr. Patti at Savannah Dental Group, call the friendly office staff or use the online booking tool today.