Dental crowns have proven to be an effective tool for treating many dental maladies. They can save a broken tooth from extraction, treat a tooth with extensive decay, seal the access point following root canal therapy, and serve as the final restoration for a fixed prosthesis and/or dental implants.
When a tooth is fractured or impacted with decay, it loses stability. A dental crown covers the base of the tooth protecting it and offering strength to prevent losing that tooth.
When your diagnosis involves endodontic therapy, your dentist must drill an access point in your tooth to remove the contents of the tooth’s roots. Upon completion, that access point must be sealed; and for many teeth, a dental crown will be used.
If tooth loss should occur, you have multiple options for replacement. Whenever that option involves a fixed prosthesis, crowns are placed on abutment teeth to affix the partial.
If the patient is looking for a permanent solution to tooth loss that is most like biological teeth, dental implants provide the ideal solution. The titanium post is surgically placed in gum tissue where tooth loss has occurred. Once healed, the implant is permanently covered with a crown as the final restoration.
Whenever a crown is proposed for treatment, the patient has a choice. With a standard porcelain crown, the tooth will be prepped and a temporary will be placed for a two week waiting period while the dental lab fabricates the crown.
However, if you visit a CEREC dentist, your crown is ready the same day you need it; no more temporaries to deal with and no two week wait.
CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. Your CEREC dentist can diagnose, prep, manufacture, and place your finished crown in one day. Implementing CAD/CAM technology (computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing) your dental crown can be milled on the spot.
An intraoral camera takes a digital impression and sends the information to the CEREC unit. A block of porcelain has already been selected that will most closely match surrounding teeth. The crown is constructed in a matter of minutes. Your dentist can try it in, and add the finishing touches before final cementation.
Your tooth is then protected with a strong, stain resistant porcelain crown providing added stability with a natural, polished appearance.
If you’re looking to strengthen your smile with a dental crown, contact us at the office of Dr. Lori Logan today!