CROWNS & BRIDGES

Our Services

Brighten Your Smile

Bridges are natural-looking and replace a section of missing teeth. They are permanently cemented in the mouth.  A typical bridge consists of two crowns, one on either side of the missing teeth.  False teeth fill in the gap and are permanently attached to the crowns on both sides.  The two crowns are “anchor teeth” and are referred to as abutments.  The anchor teeth/abutments can be natural teeth or implants.  The false teeth in between the anchoring teeth/abutments are referred to as pontics.  Bridges restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.

What Are Crowns?

Crowns are usually made of a material like porcelain or zircon.  They cover the entire tooth and are permanently cemented onto the prepped tooth.  Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal or when decay in a tooth has become so advanced that a large portion of the tooth must be removed.  Crowns are also used to cover implants or prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use such as closing gaps, lengthening worn down teeth or straightening teeth that are crooked.

The Procedure

A tooth must be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. An impression is made of the tooth and then is sent to a special lab.  The lab manufactures a custom-designed crown for your mouth.  A temporary crown is applied until the permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns are cemented in place.

Caring For Your Crown

With proper care, a good quality crown should last many years.  We see crowns that are 30 plus years old every day.  It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration. Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly shorten the life of a crown.

What Makes Gatling Dentistry Different

Established Office

Our practice opened in 1976 by Dr.Robert Gatling, and are honored to provide dental care for your entire family’s smiles!

Continuing Education

Our staff are constantly involved in continuing education course to further their dental knowledge. We feel these hours directly translate into improved patient care.

Patients Involved In Care

We feel when patients are part of the team, the team is complete. When patients know what we are doing and why we are doing it, they make better decisions for themselves and their expectations are met.

Preventive

We take a proactive preventive approach to our patients care. From our initial exam to our hygiene room, we look for the early warning signs of breakdown, such as worn teeth, in effort to prevent more extensive and expensive treatment down the road.

What Our Clients Say

Patient Testimonials

“I love Dr Gatling and team. Great service with a heart and compassionate about teeth!!!!”

Dana Isabella

Via Google Reviews

“I've worked for Dr. Gatling, years ago, and I continue to go back to him for all of my dental work. I KNOW that his work is top quality, because I've seen a full spectrum in this and other cities, and he's incredibly gentle as well.”

Melanie M

Via Google Reviews

“My family has only been going to see Dr. Gatling for a few months, but his staff and their professionalism has us expecting to be with him for years to come. He is a wonderfully charming character that put us at ease from our first visit. His staff was very informative and always willing to assist. We couldn't be more pleased to have met Dr. Gatling and his wonderful staff!”

Donald Sanderson

Via Google Reviews

“I have been here several times, Dr. Gatling is a fantastic dentist and has a wonderful staff that never fails to make my day! I have never felt like a pin cushion as they work and everyone is always so nice it's hard to imagine going anywhere else. If you are looking for a new practice that knows their stuff and can take care of you, then look no further!”

Mike Nichols

Via Google Reviews

“I always choose Dr Gatling, even though my employer's dental plan doesn't cover him. I pay out of pocket, he is that good. In fact, I was calling for an appointment today to have a crown placed. I am happy to give him my cash, because he is wonderful and does great work. Dr Gatling came in on Christmas Eve one year to urgently fix my Dad's tooth. My dad wasn't even his patient. My mom's best friend was a long time patient of Dr Gatling, he recognized that her thyroid cancer came back and urged her to see her oncologist. Dr Gatling is an extensively knowledgeable dentist, who cares about his patients.”

Jennifer Anderson

Via Google Reviews

Insurance carriers We Accept

Gatling Dentistry works with insurance plans from many carriers, adding one more way to help you to save money on your dental healthcare needs. Please see the list below for insurance policies we accept.  We add new carriers to the list from time to time, so please contact us if you have any questions. Be sure to  bring your insurance card with you when you visit our office.

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