Dental crowns can help patients to preserve a biological tooth that has been compromised by a substantial area of decay. Additionally, dental crowns also offer additional protection after root canal treatment, which leaves the tooth more susceptible to breakage.
Dental Crown Treatment Process
In the past, patients might have had to wait for several weeks for a dental laboratory to create their crown and then return to the dentist to have it placed. By taking advantage of modern technology, our practice has streamlined that treatment process and condensed into a single appointment that takes just a few hours.
CEREC, which stands for Chairside Economic Restorations of Esthetic Ceramics, uses specialized computer software to determine the design of the dental crown based on
the patient’s specifications. That data is then transmitted to our in-office milling unit, which creates the crown.
When the crown is ready, it is then bonded to the patient’s tooth. This entire process takes just a couple of hours. You leave the office with a fully restored smile and minimal waiting time. This convenience factor is making CEREC crowns increasingly popular among patients.
Benefits Of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are typically placed on teeth that are otherwise at risk for being extracted. It is always preferable to save a biological tooth whenever possible. Even the best available tooth replacements -dental implants – don’t perform up to the standards of your natural teeth in some of their most important functions.
CEREC crowns are made of materials that approximate the appearance of biological tooth enamel, so these restorations look incredibly lifelike. Most observers won’t even realize that your tooth has been fitted with a crown.
These crowns also are quite durable if you take good care of them. Your dentist will give you thorough instructions on how to maintain your dental crowns. Typical good oral hygiene habits, including twice-daily brushing and daily flossing, will go a long way to minimizing oral bacteria that can harm both your biological teeth and those that have been fitted with dental crowns. Patients should also use common sense when eating. Biting into a hard non-food item can harm your crown, just like it can damage your tooth.
Do you think you might benefit from dental crowns? Call our office to schedule a consultation today.