Dr. Lingo’s restorative and tooth replacement treatments are designed to function exceptionally well, as well as restore aesthetics to your smile. Our crown and bridge treatments use porcelain materials that are both durable and color-matched to closely resemble the appearance of your other teeth.
Full Coverage Crowns
Crowns are used to repair teeth that have been severely damaged by tooth decay or a fracture. Covering the entire tooth with this restoration allows it to continue functioning normally, without discomfort. Our crowns often last as long as 20 years or more, when the average dental crown typically only lasts 7-10 years.
Multi-tooth Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is used when one or two teeth are missing. It can be anchored onto adjacent healthy teeth, suspending the false crowns over the open space where the teeth are missing. Bridges can also be placed onto dental implants if there are several missing teeth in one area. By replacing missing teeth with a bridge, other teeth are prevented from shifting out-of-place. Not only do bridges serve an important function with your bite, they also help retain the spacing of teeth throughout your mouth.
The Crown and Bridge Treatment Process
Completing both procedures are very similar. Each treatment takes two visits. At the first appointment the anchoring tooth is adjusted so that it can support the crown or bridge. An impression is then taken and a temporary restoration is placed over the tooth/teeth. In about 2-3 weeks, your permanent crown or bridge will be ready for delivery. The temporary restoration is removed and then the permanent restoration is bonded into place.
When placing a crown or bridge in the front of your smile, Dr. Lingo uses BioTemps® for the temporary restoration at no additional charge. This ensures that our patients have a natural looking temporary while waiting for the permanent.
Porcelain veneers are a wonderful option if you’re looking to completely make over your entire smile. Instead of using a combination of various different treatments, veneers provide a one-time dramatic change to your smile.
Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are placed over the front of teeth, helping them look:
The Treatment Process
Your first visit with Dr. Lingo will be a consultation where we will discuss your smile concerns. Do you have chipped enamel, crooked teeth, or discoloration that you want to correct? All of this will be discussed, as well as what you want your future smile to look like. We will then take an impression of your teeth and make a mock-up of what your potential veneers will look like. Once you’re ready to move forward, we will have a preparation visit where your teeth are gently contoured and a new impression is taken. Temporary veneers will be placed over the teeth to prevent sensitivity as the permanent porcelain veneers are being made. Within about 2-3 weeks, you’ll come back for your new veneers to be bonded permanently into place.
Veneers are Perfect for Teeth that are:
- Have spaces between them
- Shorter, worn, or misshape
- Slightly crooked
We invite you to visit us to find out more about how veneers can give you the smile of your dreams!