Teeth that are broken as a result of facial trauma or severely compromised by large cavities may need to be repaired using dental crowns. These restorations can help the patient retain a biological tooth that might otherwise be a candidate for extraction.
Although getting a dental crown used to involve a wait of at least a couple of weeks, new technology allows crowns to be designed, crafted and fitted in a single appointment, giving patients even more motivation to pursue this treatment when it will benefit them.
How Dental Crowns Can Protect Your Oral Health
A broken tooth can be dangerous because oral bacteria can enter the tooth at the break and infiltrate the tooth’s inner core. From there, those bacteria can cause painful infections and abscesses and potentially even enter the bloodstream and spread throughout the body. Dental crowns offer protection against this outcome.
Similarly, a tooth can be severely compromised by substantial tooth decay that is too large to treat with a conventional restoration, such as a filling. In these cases, a dentist can use a crown to restore the tooth after the decayed material is removed.
Lastly, dental crowns are placed on teeth that have been treated with root canal therapy, as such teeth are prone to breakage after that treatment. The crown helps to keep the tooth intact.
Getting Dental Crowns In A Day With CEREC
In the past, patients who needed dental crowns had to wait for weeks to be fitted with crowns that were created in a dental lab separate from the office where they were treated. In the interim, they might wear temporary crowns that were uncomfortable and unreliable.
CEREC has given such patients the opportunity to be evaluated and fitted with a crown in a single appointment. The dentist uses imaging to plan for the design of the crown, which is developed by specialized software. The crown’s design is then transmitted to the in-house milling unit, which creates the crown from a block of ceramic. When the crown is ready, a few hours later, the patient is then fitted with the restoration.
If you would benefit from a dental crown to protect your oral health, explore the treatment options available at our office, including CEREC, for positive treatment outcomes. Call Fresh Leaf Dental today to schedule your visit.