Crowns & Bridges

 “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight” - Phyllis Diller

There is dental truth in this clever quote! Your smile CAN make you feel better and more confident. Waters Family Dentistry strives to help you have your best smile. We offer several options for patients who may need to restore teeth to proper form and function.

During a lifetime, teeth are constantly being bombarded with chewing and grinding forces. They can also be damaged due to acid-producing bacteria. Sometimes dental trauma can break or chip a tooth. All of these factors can lead to the need for a crown or a bridge.

Reasons Why You Need a Crown

  • Strengthen a tooth that has a large filling
  • Preserve a cracked tooth
  • Repair a broken tooth
  • Restore a tooth that has been destroyed by tooth decay.
  • Complete a dental implant
  • Anchor a dental bridge
  • Improve the esthetic appearance of a tooth
  • Protect a tooth after a root canal

Types of Dental Crowns

A dental crown can be made from a variety of materials - gold, ceramic and porcelain fused to metal. Each of these materials is durable and can replicate the form and function of a tooth. Dr. Waters or Dr. Crouch will make a recommendation on what type is best for your unique situation.

Gold is the substance that requires the least amount of tooth structure to be removed. It is a material that never breaks. Porcelain fused to metal includes a strong metal underlayer and a tooth-colored outer surface. However, it does require more tooth structure to be removed and has a slight chance of breakage. Ceramic (sometimes called E-MAX) is known for its translucent, tooth-like appearance and often the material of choice in the front of the mouth.

What Happens during Crown Placement?

The process for restoring a tooth with a crown typically takes two appointments. The first appointment lasts between one and two hours. The dentist and the dental assistant work together to prepare the tooth and make an impression to send to the dental laboratory. A temporary crown is placed. You will return to have the permanent crown seated in about two weeks.

Dental Bridges – Another Replacement Option

Another option for replacing a missing tooth is a dental bridge. This fixed prosthetic device fills the space of the tooth and uses the neighboring teeth or implants to anchor the device.

Placing a bridge typically takes two appointments. To prepare the teeth for a bridge, Dr. Waters or Dr. Crouch will reduce the tooth structure of the supporting teeth and take an impression of the area to send to a dental laboratory.

A temporary bridge is placed while the permanent one is constructed by the lab technician. Two weeks later you will return to our office to have the permanent bridge seated. Once the bridge is cemented, it will be necessary for you to maintain the health of the surrounding teeth and gums with a floss threader. This aid is used to clean under the bridge and around the anchoring teeth.

Please Call to Schedule an Appointment

To help make the right choice for your mouth, schedule an appointment at Waters Family Dentistry today. We can be reached at (308) 382-1734. We have an awesome staff of caring professionals and a convenient location on Stolley Park Road in Grand Island. Your smile will thank you!