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We are reopening our practice for routine and elective care on Monday, May 18.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

· Temperatures of patients and staff will be taken

·  We have installed HEPA filters throughout the office and in each operatory.

· Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the office.

· Our office will communicate with you before your appointment to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked questions again when you arrive at the office.

· Patients will be directed to arrive at the time of their appointment or to wait in their vehicles to avoid people waiting in our reception area.

Hastings Dental Clinic
Hastings Dental Clinic Shelbyville, Illinois
A child in a dentistry-themed parade float The Hastings family at the dental office A Halloween presentation at the dentist's office Dr. Myles Hastings giving a training A group around a dentistry-themed parade float

Crown(s) and Bridge

Crowns and bridges are used to restore and enhance teeth that are damaged, or to take the place of missing teeth. A crown, also referred to as a cap, is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth. A crown not only strengthens a tooth, but it can dramatically improve a tooth's appearance, shape and alignment.

Crowns may be used to:

  • Replace a large filling when there is little tooth structure remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment

A bridge is an ideal method to fill the space created by missing teeth. A bridge is one or more artificial teeth that are cemented into place using the teeth on either side for support, hence the name. This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. A bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically. Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material made to match your natural tooth color. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics.