At Weber Family Dentistry, we’re always happy to help patients reclaim strong, confident smiles, even after they’ve experienced serious breakage or the loss of multiple natural teeth. Dr. Weber can create personalized restorations like dental crowns and bridges that offer lasting durability and function. Better yet, with metal-free ceramics and zirconia available, we can also ensure a highly aesthetic result that blends right in with the rest of your appearance – no dark spots required. Contact us in Lincoln, NE today if you’d like to learn more, or if you’re ready to schedule a first appointment.
Dental crowns are individual restorations that can help rebuild natural teeth that are struggling in some way, whether because of a serious injury, advanced decay that a tooth-colored filling can’t successfully treat on its own, or a significant cosmetic imperfection. The crown is designed to completely cover the tooth’s remaining, visible structure. This approach has a two-pronged effect – not only are the natural portions well-protected against the threat of further infection or breakage, but the tooth’s original shape, appearance, and ability to function is fully restored.
In most cases, the design and creation of a brand-new dental crown will require two appointments of the patient’s time. First, we’ll capture detailed impressions and place a temporary crown over the affected tooth after making any necessary adjustments. Then, once our trusted dental laboratory sends us the finished crown, we’ll swap it out with the temporary restoration and make any last-minute tweaks to ensure a confident and comfortable fit for the patient.
Dental bridges are named as such because they’re quite literally designed to “bridge” the gap left in a person’s smile thanks to consecutive missing teeth. Unlike traditional dentures, this custom prosthetic is actually anchored in place so it becomes a stable and non-removable part of your smile, successfully preventing healthy neighboring teeth from straying out of place and replenishing proper bite function.
Traditional dental bridges are positioned with the help of additional crowns, which are placed over adjacent healthy teeth. However, if possible, Dr. Weber recommends using dental implants as a healthier and longer-lasting alternative. By inserting two dental implants into the jawbone on either side of the gap, no healthy tooth structure has to be negatively altered to accommodate the placement of crowns. Additionally, the jawbone is better preserved and the threat of bone deterioration is minimized.