WHAT IS A DENTAL CROWN?
Often referred to as a “cap”, a crown is a permanent covering that protects the portion of your natural tooth above your gum line. Crowns are strong and dependable restorations that are permanently cemented onto your own natural teeth. By strengthening and reconstruction the top portion of your tooth with a crown, your dentist is able to preserve the roots of the teeth as well as the surrounding bone and the gum tissue. In this way, a crown is not a “false tooth”, but rather a structural and cosmetic improvement of your natural teeth.
WHEN IS A CROWN RECOMMENDED?
Since crowns are designed to provide strength and protection for your natural teeth, they are typically recommended when your own teeth have been fractured or broken. A crown will also be recommended when there are signs that the natural tooth is too weak to withstand forceful biting or chewing. This includes teeth that have large fillings, excessively worn teeth, and teeth that have been treated with a Root Canal procedure. Following the placement of a dental implant, a dental crown is the finishing touch that makes an artificial tooth look attractive and lifelike.
Modern dental technology has virtually erased the need for traditional dental impressions, temporary crowns and the three-week processing period followed by another dental visit for the delivery of your permanent crown.
With the CEREC system, preparing for a crown has never been simpler and more efficient. First, local anesthetics will be used to numb the tooth and the surrounding gum tissue, and then the top of the tooth will be reshaped and slightly reduced in size.
Next, a three-dimensional digital image of your prepared tooth can be obtained as you relax in the dental chair, and within minutes, a chairside crown-milling unit can fabricate a beautiful porcelain crown that can be permanently seated during a single dental visit.
For patients who prefer fewer dental visits, patients who have busy schedules, patients whose gag reflex is sensitive to traditional dental impression material, the Same Day CEREC technology is an easy choice. It’s also an easy choice for the professionals at the office of Dustin V. Goodwin, DDS, PC, a team that strives to provide you with exceptional dental work using today’s best technology.