Sometimes we need our teeth strengthened and their overall appearance improved. Crowns are a great way to restore a tooth to a stronger, more natural and healthy shape and size. A crown can strengthen and protect a damaged tooth as well as provide a more esthetic appearance. Many times, crowns are also referred to as “caps” for your teeth. Unlike the traditional metal or gold crowns, the crowns at our office completely match your tooth’s color and appearance.
This procedure is a great solution for a tooth that is cracked and worn down. A crown can protect and hold a damaged tooth together. It essentially covers and seals all cracks to block any future problems or decay.
This type of dental method comes in handy when:
- a tooth is not strong enough to host a filling
- a tooth is not strong enough to support a bridge
- teeth are damaged, discolored, or have lost shape and size over time due to wear and tear
At our office, we utilize CEREC® technology to restore damaged teeth.
This process is so advanced it can be handled in one visit. Your teeth will be stronger and look natural and attractive. A high-level ceramic is applied to the tooth similar in composition that is already in your mouth.
You will begin by meeting with your dentist to discuss all your options for your restoration procedure. Your doctor will utilize CAD software to design your restoration and a special machine will create the ceramic material needed to finish your crown.
CEREC technology can provide inlays, onlays, veneers, bridges, dental implants and crowns for full restorative procedures and to cut back on wait time for these traditional procedures. Ask your dentist if you qualify for this kind of procedure and if it will benefit your particular situation for optimal dental health.
How Does it Work?
With Cerec Technology the process and procedure of obtaining crowns is much easier than it used to be.
The process includes:
1. Your dentist will examine the tooth that needs the covering or filling, sometimes it just requires a mild fill or in other instances a full cover. An anesthetic will be applied and the tooth is prepared for the procedure by removing any decay or other hindrances.
2. An optical type of impression is taken by your dentists and then the tooth will be covered lightly with a powdery like substance. A digital picture is taken of the tooth.
3. The picture will then help your dentist be able to create a 3D virtual model of your tooth on the computer through special software. Your dentist can utilize the software and Cerec Technology to create the process for your restoration. Once the design for the restoration is complete it is sent to a special milling machine that will create the ceramic piece to match your tooth shade and create your cap.
4. Your dentist will then bond the material into place and do any final fittings and changes to make your bite and fit work well.
Veneers or Crowns?
Crowns work in a different manner than veneers. They are utilized when there is significant damage to a tooth, and they can cover more parts of a tooth than a veneer can. They also can be used on real teeth and dental implants.
Crowns work well when it comes to replacing and covering natural teeth. Our dentists will match the color and shape of your teeth through impressions and other methods. The bite, shape, and size will be evaluated. You can even consult with our dentists about ways to improve your smile with your new crowns.
Your crowns should last a long time- several years, in fact. If you take great care of your crowns with routine cleanings, daily brushing and flossing they may last more than eight years. It should be noted that if you grind your teeth or chew hard food items this could cause deterioration much faster. To protect your investment, you should do everything your dentist advises when it comes to taking care of your new crowns. You should also floss on a regular basis and use any special tools the dentist provides you to care for your crowns. You don’t want any additional decay or disease around your treated teeth.
For more information on this procedure or to schedule your appointment with us, call us today at (908) 852-5060.