Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and others. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this a filling or bonding will not be sufficient.
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. To maintain a natural look and feel a porcelain finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth. The old process of installing a crown takes 2-3 visits to the dentist.
Our office specializes in Single Visit CEREC Crowns. No Temporary. No Messy Impressions. One Easy Appointment.
CEREC is an advanced dental technology that is utilized for the restoration of decayed, cracked, or chipped teeth. CEREC can create full crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers. The CEREC machine crafts a restoration in a matter of minutes. CEREC restorations are made of compressed porcelain. The procedure for placement of a CEREC restoration is very simple. The first step is to remove all decay from the tooth. Our dentist will then shape the tooth in preparation & our Assistant then takes a digital image. Once this image is captured, the tooth will appear on a computer screen in 3D and allows our dentist to design the restoration fit for you. Once the design is completed, the CEREC will mill the restoration in approximately 15 minutes. You can actually watch this process if you would like. When the restoration is finished milling, our dentist will bond the restoration to the patient's existing tooth. The entire process usually takes 1.5 hours. While you wait, you can watch the overhead television programs. You should care for your new porcelain crown as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing.