Most dentistry looks like dentistry. Our goal is to provide dentistry that is undetectable. We replace existing crowns and fillings with restorations that look and feel like your natural teeth.
Where damage to a person’s teeth is extreme, and apparently beyond repair, we can use porcelain or porcelain “pasted on gold” crowns to make the smile appear “as new”. This is an extremely reliable technique for repairing the most severe of dental problems, even permanently replacing missing teeth to offer a complete smile and a functional bite. We are renowned for the quality of our work and the fantastic changes we make for people using this technology.
These treatments are used for a long-lasting correction of major dental problems. It is usual for these treatments to last for 20 to 30 years, which is as close to permanent as dental treatment can get.
How is a Dental Crown Made and Installed Using Our CEREC?
The CEREC is a huge breakthrough in crown-making technology and we now have it in our office. Now we are able to save the patient a significant amount of time and the hassle of having to come in to our office twice for this single procedure. The CEREC allows us to scan the tooth and then electronically send the information to the CEREC milling unit in the other room. The machine then mills the crown out of a block of porcelain in less than ten minutes. After it is completed, the crown is then ready to be crystallized and stained to the correct color and placed right into the patient’s mouth.
Key Benefits of Dental Crowns:
Not only does the CEREC allow us to save time and save an entire extra visit to our office for the patient, but it also has many other important benefits as well. Being able to complete in only one visit, this procedure eliminates the use of temporary crowns while the patient must wait a week or two for the permanent crown to come back from the lab. The CEREC uses all porcelain instead of metal which gives the tooth a much more life-like appearance by being able to match the color of the other teeth perfectly.
The porcelain, as opposed to a metal crown, eliminates many issues such as any unnatural gray coloring of the tooth, any risk of an allergic reaction, any impact on the taste of food, and any expanding or contracting due to hot and cold food/drinks. The porcelain is also exceptionally strong and is a great substitute for the metal crowns.
Dental Crowns are Often Used to:
- Replace missing teeth.
- Protect a weak tooth from breaking, or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth.
- Restore an already broken or severely worn tooth.
- Cover/support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth structure left.
- Hold a dental bridge in place.
- Cover misshaped or severely discolored teeth.
- Cover a dental implant.
- Fix “smile” and functional chewing problems.
- Make a cosmetic modification.
What are the Capabilities of Dental Crowns?
Crown and bridgework is a very reliable solution for major dental problems caused through accidents, diseases or wear and tear. Major problems can usually be corrected using these techniques.
Material used in these repairs is either high-grade porcelain, or porcelain bonded to gold. A higher strength of the porcelain and gold materials is recommended to treat the most serious of dental problems. Where accidental damage has occurred, resulting in lost teeth, or where teeth have broken away through excessive wear, or as the result of old fillings breaking, crowns and/or bridges can be used as a long-term solution.
Many people have unexplained pain from filled back teeth, which is usually due to hairline cracks in the chewing part of the tooth. Placing crowns on these teeth relieves the pain and allows a return of full dental function for these teeth. In front teeth, older fillingscan both weaken the teeth and cause “appearance” problems due to staining or chipping. Porcelain crowns and bridgesare suitable in cases where porcelain veneers are not. In teeth with root canal fillings, crowns can prevent breakage.