Sometimes, in order to repair or strengthen a tooth, it is necessary to create a restoration that completely covers the tooth. This restoration, known as a cap or crown, will restore the tooth’s normal size and shape, while adding strength and improving the tooth’s appearance. For a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to resolve structural problems that cannot be solved with a simple filling.
Crowns cover the entire portion of the tooth that exists above the gumline, and they can also be used to create dental bridges, improve cosmetic defects, and complete a dental implant.
CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) is an electronic milling unit that allows dentists to design, fabricate, and permanently cement a ceramic dental crown in a single dental appointment.
A specialized camera is used in the dental operatory to capture a digital image of the selected tooth. This image, in amazingly accurate detail, can be viewed on a computer monitor, where it can be manipulated by the dentist in order to design your new crown. Once the new crown has been designed, the milling unit can be instructed to create the restoration while you wait. In about an hour, the restoration can be cemented to the tooth, and the entire treatment is complete.
The average performance for a dental crown lasts roughly 8 years, although diligent oral hygiene and routine check-ups can extend your crown’s life considerably. Potentially harmful habits such as gritting your teeth, crunching ice, and biting your nails can shorten your crown’s lifespan.
High-quality ceramics and Dr. Logan’s commitment to detail are the aspects that will bring life to your crown. The shading, shape, and anatomic details will be selected based on your personal preferences and characteristics. Whether you are seeking a crown for a front tooth or a back tooth, your new restoration will be stronger, more attractive, and realistic-looking.
For more information on dental crowns, please contact our office today.