For patients who have been blessed with beautiful, straight, healthy teeth, you are envied by those who have not been so fortunate. Worn down enamel, cracked or broken teeth, or teeth besieged with dental decay plague many patients. Often the most economical solution is chosen to correct these types of dental problems. But to achieve a permanent and aesthetically pleasing result, perhaps the optimum treatment would be dental crowns.
There are many reasons to place a dental crown, but the ultimate goal is to salvage the tooth:
1. Dental decay – For a tooth that has been weakened due to multiple fillings, a crown can offer stability and strength. The integrity of the tooth may be in jeopardy with another filling.
2. Cracked or broken tooth – A crown may prevent the loss of a broken tooth.
3. Finish root canal therapy – Molar teeth that have undergone endodontic treatment are usually sealed with a crown.
4. Dental implants – For one or more teeth that have been lost due to trauma, disease or decay, a dental implant can be placed which will ultimately function as the root of the tooth. Dental implants are covered with crowns to complete treatment.
5. Fixed bridge – A dental bridge may be permanently placed using dental crowns as the anchors for the appliance.
One objection patients may have when it comes to repairing their teeth with crowns is the use of metal. Over time the metal may be visible at the base of the tooth or show through the porcelain used to cover the metal base.
The perfect solution is CEREC, an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. With CEREC restorations, the patient can complete treatment in one visit. No more temporary caps to deal with for a couple of weeks while a lab perhaps thousands of miles away fabricates your crown.
In one 90 minute session, the dentist can craft your crown utilizing state of the art digital technology and the most modern lab instrumentation available. The result is a lifelike ceramic restoration that will match the contour and color of surrounding teeth with a precision that allows saving as much of the natural tooth as possible.
These dental crowns will not only enhance your smile, but their strength and durability will provide a lifetime of eating and speaking with joy and renewed self-confidence. Contact the office of Dr. Philip Kozlow at 972-458-2464 to learn more about this new dental technology and if it’s a fit for you or your family’s dental needs.