Dr. Everett Heringer offers traditional and implant-supported dental crowns and bridges. Because of advances in dental technology, Dr. Heringer now offers a variety of incredibly realistic-looking crowns. Dr. Heringer also provides very natural-looking dental bridges to replace missing teeth.
Dr. Heringer: One of our advanced services is when you crown teeth, and there are a number of choices that we have as a dentist. You can use the old, traditional crowns, the gold crowns or a silver-colored crown, or you can use a crown fused to metal. They're the ones with the gray lines. Usually when people smile when they come to my office, the first thing they say is, "Oh, I hate that gray line at the gum line. I hate the black line." When people don't like their smiles it usually relates to the old crowns that they've had. People want things to look natural, and they want them to look beautiful, and they want them to look white.
Now in today's times of dentistry with all the advances in technology again, we can offer the patients a lot of choices for natural colored crowns. There are porcelain crowns. There are a number of different porcelain crowns that we can offer them, and we personalize all those porcelain crowns for the patients and their needs. The patients need to know that there are differences in crowns, and there are different crowns we can offer you. And when it comes to crown or single tooth replacements, an implant is still maybe the best single-tooth replacement, but people can still consider replacing a single tooth with a bridge.
What a bridge is, it's like a bridge you drive across. There's a land on either side and there's the bridge you drive on. So what a bridge is in the mouth is you put a crown on one side of the space and you put a crown on the other side of the space and then you add the false tooth. That's what we call a three-tooth bridge. If those two teeth on either side need some sort of crown or strengthening anyway, then basically from a cost standpoint a bridge is still a very acceptable procedure. It's a very good procedure.
An implant is a very good procedure, too, if you want to do an implanted single crown. So there are still places for bridges. One of the experts has said through over time, "Your best implant is no implant." So the idea is if you can save your tooth, save your tooth, and if you can't do it, then an implant is one of the best single-tooth replacements, but also consider a bridge.
Kathleen: The original visit to Dr. Heringer was because I had a crown in the front from my former dentist that had fallen out and he said he couldn't do anything more for me. So I thought, "I've got to go to someone I think is the best," not knowing I was going to find the best. But anyway, when I got down here, he said that root base is gone. So he said, "You're going to have to have a surgical procedure done there."
The wonderful thing was I had that surgical procedure and they cleaned it out. I came over here and he put in a temporary crown. Nobody would have even known that I had anything done because it matched so well. I think I even sang for a funeral and people didn't realize that I could spit this thing out if it wasn't in properly. So then we ended up doing a little bit more than that because you can't just put that one crown, it wasn't going to hold. I had to do the three. Well, if you do three from the front to the right you better do three to the left so that they look good. And I think they look good.
This place is not like going to a dentist. It's like going to visit family. They all become so close, and they're all so friendly and nice, and the techniques that he used were so easy. You know, I didn't ever feel pain. I didn't ever feel uncomfortable. His office is just the best.