Crowns And Bridges Specialist

Dater Dentistry

Steven M. Dater, DDS

General Dentist located in Rockford, MI

Crowns have many benefits, and can now be placed in just one appointment. At Dater Dentistry in Rockford, Michigan, the team behind Steven M. Dater, DDS, is committed to getting you in and out with the best dental services in the area. Schedule an appointment online or over the phone for a dental crown or tooth bridge consultation today.

Crowns & Bridges

What is a dental crown?

Crowns are permanent prosthetic implants that are placed on decaying or damaged teeth. Crowns have a variety of purposes, including to:

  • Strengthen teeth
  • Improve the appearance of teeth
  • Replace a gap from a filling
  • Protect teeth from fracturing
  • Attach bridges
  • Cover a tooth that has had a root canal

What is a tooth bridge?

A bridge is another type of restoration that’s usually used if you have a tooth or several teeth missing in a row. Leaving the gap from a missing tooth can cause your other teeth to shift, so replacing it with a bridge is usually a good idea. The bridge will connect those gaps and is cemented to surrounding teeth or to crowns.

What is a one-appointment crown?

Crowns have often required at least two appointments to complete. The first appointment is used to get an accurate impression of your tooth or teeth, and the second being when your crown is placed.

However, Dater Dentistry can now offer same-day crowns using advanced E4D® technologies for precise imaging. The procedure takes only about two hours and can be completed on the same visit. Not only is this more convenient for you, but it’s also more precise: the crowns are now digitally designed to fit your exact tooth, and the crowns used in this process are tooth-colored ceramic, so you won’t be left with a super noticeable or fragile crown.

How does the one-appointment crown procedure work?

The digital procedure uses the Computerized Assisted Design-Computerized Assisted Milled (CAD/CAM) restoration technology to provide more accurate and speedy results.

First, your gums will be numbed by the Dater Dentistry team to keep you comfortable and relaxed. Dr. Dater will then shape your tooth to get it ready for the crown. The E4D technology scans your tooth to create precise 3D images of it, capturing its color and shape, that are then transferred to the system that will create the crown. Dr. Dater then bonds the crown to your tooth.

How long will crowns and bridges last?

Because everyone is different, the life of crowns and bridges depend on many factors. However, these restorations can often last your entire lifetime, with proper care. To help them last as long as possible, it’s important to keep your mouth healthy. Dental disease can impact crowns and bridges, causing them to become loose. Remember to visit the team at Dater Dentistry for regular checkups, brush twice a day, and floss once a day.

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Dater online today or give the team a call.