Crown and Bridge from the Dentist in Lincoln
Broken or missing teeth don’t give anyone a reason to smile. Whether you’re dealing with a cracked tooth or one that’s missing, you need revitalizing care that deals appropriately with your dental damage. Dr. Jennifer Reed is a dentist in Lincoln that offers quality custom crafted crowns and bridges that can eliminate decay or replace lost structure. With all-ceramic options available, you can count on the team at Smile Specialties to have the treatment you need to maintain your gorgeous appearance.
Dental Crowns in Lincoln
Crowns are the recommended treatment if you have severe dental decay that’s too deep to treat with a filling, inlay, or onlay. Also known as caps, dental crowns in Lincoln are used in cases of broken or misshaped teeth to improve appearance and protect them from further damage. If you’ve had a root canal to remove infection from inside a tooth, then a crown is the final step to preserve a tooth that might otherwise require extraction.
Receiving a dental crown usually requires two appointments with Dr. Reed. At the first visit, your tooth will be prepared. To do this, your Lincoln dentist removes any decay and then files down the tooth to make room for the crown. We don’t want your new crown to crowd other teeth or interfere with the opposing tooth when you bite down. Once we’ve reshaped your tooth, we’ll take impressions that will be sent to a trusted dental lab that will deliver a quality finished product to your complete satisfaction.
In the weeks between the two appointments, we provide a temporary restoration, so you always have a complete smile. However, you will need to be a bit careful while wearing the temporary, which is made of acrylic and is not as strong as porcelain. As much as possible, try to chew on the other side of your mouth and don’t floss around the temporary crown.
When your permanent crown arrives, Dr. Reed will remove the temporary and cement the permanent dental crown into place.
Dental Bridges for a Complete Smile
Dental bridges offer patients with one or more consecutively missing teeth the sturdiness and stability they’ve been missing. Dr. Reed designs your bridge so it matches your existing smile, and once we receive the finished product, our team uses dental crowns to anchor the bridge.
Abutment teeth on either side of the gap in your smile are prepared to accommodate crowns. Just as we do with crowns, we’ll give you a temporary bridge so you’ll be able to comfortably chew and smile.
Our dental lab creates a prosthetic that combines the crowns and bridge in one unit. Once cemented into place, your bridge is fixed and non-removable. To care for your bridge, brush and floss just the way you do for your natural teeth. Plus, we’ll give you a special threader that will allow you to floss underneath the bridge where plaque and debris can become trapped.