Dental Crowns & Bridges in Lincoln
Do you have a missing or fractured tooth? Do you struggle to comfortably eat, speak, or socialize because of your smile? Dental crowns and bridges are common treatments that restore broken, damaged, or missing teeth. At Antelope Creek Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, we offer custom-made zirconia crowns and dental bridges.
What Are Tooth Crowns and Dental Bridges In Lincoln, NE?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers a decayed, weak, damaged, misshapen or discolored tooth. It restores comfortable chewing function and protects your natural tooth from further damage, decay, or infection.
A dental bridge replaces one or more missing teeth in a row to complete your smile and restore function. As the name implies, a dental bridge literally "bridges" the gap in your smile. A dental crown often accompanies a dental bridge and acts as an anchor on abutment teeth.
When Are Dental Crowns and Bridges Used?
Dental crowns are versatile, and our dentists use them to correct numerous oral health and aesthetic concerns, including:
- Severe tooth decay
- Teeth weakened by root canal therapy
- Broken, cracked, or fractured teeth
- Broken or cracked dental fillings
- Large silver amalgam fillings
- Misshapen teeth
- Severely discolored or stained teeth
- Teeth with size or shape discrepancies
A dental bridge fills in the space left behind by missing teeth. Usually made of a single unit, a dental bridge is held in place by crowns attached to the remaining teeth on each side of the gap. A dental bridge can improve your appearance and prevent surrounding teeth from shifting into the space left behind by the missing teeth.
What Does Placing a Crown or Bridge Involve?
At Antelope Creek Family Dentistry, we can usually place a dental crown or bridge in two or three appointments.
First, we prepare the natural tooth to receive the crown and take an impression of your smile. The impression is a precise mapping of your oral cavity and teeth, so we can ensure your restoration fits perfectly.
Next, we send your impressions to our dental lab partners, where skilled technicians create your custom restoration. Creating your custom crown or bridge can take about two weeks. In the meantime, we fit you with a temporary restoration until the lab's handiwork is complete.
When we receive the final restoration from the lab, we schedule a return appointment to evaluate the final crown or bridge for your comfort. During this visit, we make any adjustments to guarantee you'll love your new restoration.
Finally, we cement your final restoration in place, and you're ready to enjoy your new and improved smile.
Your dentist will also give you instructions for dental crown or bridge care. Though you can practice regular oral hygiene habits, taking special care is essential to prevent damage or possible replacement of your crown or bridge. Excellent oral hygiene and routine dental checkups will ensure your restoration lasts many years.
Modern, High-Quality Tooth Restorations
Everyone wants a beautiful, healthy smile, and our team of restorative dentistry experts can help you reach this goal with our high-quality dental crowns and bridges. Dental bridges and tooth crowns in Lincoln, NE, are custom-made to fit precisely, complement your smile, and look natural. We use zirconia crowns because of their close resemblance to natural enamel and durability. We use state-of-the-art technology and techniques to enhance patient comfort, accelerate treatment, and ensure optimal outcomes.
Schedule a Consult with Our Lincoln Dentist
Are you ready to restore your smile? Please get in touch with one of our three dental offices to schedule a consultation with one of our Lincoln dentists: Dr. Lou Hedlund, Dr. Joshua Svoboda, Dr. Robert Kirkland, or Dr. Martin Wolff. Our dental offices are on Cotner Blvd., Normal Blvd., and 40th St. in Lincoln, NE.