Sometimes, a cavity may be so large that there is not enough remaining tooth material to support a filling. Similarly, a tooth may be injured to an extent that a conservative restoration, such as dental bonding will not adequately repair the damage. In such cases, dental crowns can help to restore the patient’s smile while saving the tooth.
These tooth-shaped caps can be made of a variety of materials, such as porcelain (which is sometimes fused to metal), composites or metals. The dentist can design the crown to match the shade of your biological teeth so that the restoration blends in with the rest of your smile.
In the past, patients had to endure temporary crowns that were often unattractive and sometimes ill-fitting until their permanent crowns were ready to be placed on the tooth. Now, you can choose a dentist who offers CEREC crowns, which are crafted in the office on the same day that you are evaluated. This eliminates the need to wait for weeks until your permanent crown is ready.
The provider will collect all of the necessary data to plan for the crown’s design, and then that information is input into specialized computer software, which determines the crown’s specifications. The crown is then created in our in-house milling unit. When the crown is ready, it is bonded on top of your natural tooth.
CEREC crowns also eliminate the need for metal, which can leave a dark cast on the tooth. Yet, these crowns are quite durable. They can last for years if you take good care of them. Be sure that you understand how to maintain your crowns so that you can maximize their lifespan.
If you have a damaged tooth, don’t delay getting a restoration. Doing so can protect your remaining tooth material in addition to improving your smile’s appearance. Contact our office to schedule an appointment and see if a dental crown might be a good fit for you.