Dental Crowns & Bridges for Lincoln Residents
If your smile is missing a tooth, you know the challenges faced each day. Things we may take for granted, such as eating our favorite foods or speaking clearly, can become difficult and embarrassing. In fact, just one missing tooth can cause some people to become malnourished, because they cannot adequately chew foods that are so integral to a healthy diet—fresh apples, broccoli, carrots and other fruits and vegetables.
Therefore, replacing a tooth as soon as possible is best for your oral health, your general health and your confidence. Dr. Vacek offers crown and bridgework to replace missing teeth at our Lincoln dental practice.
What is a Crown and Bridge?
Crown and bridges are a permanent solution to renew your smile. If you are missing one, two or several teeth in a row, a crown and bridge prosthetic can be perfect for repairing the appearance of your smile and restoring you ability to bite and chew.
The Crown and Bridge Procedure
When you come to Vacek Family Dentistry to replace your missing teeth with a crown and bridge, two appointments will usually need to be schedule. At the first visit, Dr. Vacek prepares your teeth, and at the second visit the crown and bridge is permanently affixed within your existing smile.
To prepare your teeth, healthy ones on either side of the gap in your smile will be filed down to accommodate crowns. These crowns provide strength and support the bridge that literally spans the open space between your crowned teeth. The prosthetic tooth, called a pontic, is permanently attached to the crowns. By spanning the gap once left by a missing tooth, a crown and bridge stops existing teeth from shifting and rotating, restores balance to biting forces, and revitalizes your oral health.
Caring for Your Crown and Bridge
Once Dr. Vacek has set your permanent crown and bridge in place, a little extra hygiene care will be required to maintain the appearance of the prosthetic and to ensure your continued oral health. In addition to brushing twice a day and flossing once a day between your natural teeth and your new crowns, you’ll also need to floss under the false teeth. We’ll give you a special threader for this type of flossing, which is so important to prevent the accumulation of plaque along the gums underneath your bridge.