Crowns, also known as caps, have been around for decades serving as a solution for cracked, chipped, broken or fragile teeth. Crowns are a type of tooth covering that fits over the entire tooth, including the chewing surface. They’re an effective way to protect and strengthen a tooth that has become weakened or has undergone dental trauma. Crowns also fit over and protect teeth that have had a root canal. Crowns can even make an excellent cosmetic treatment for discolored teeth that are too severely stained or malformed to be whitened or bonded. We prefer to use CEREC Same-Day Crowns.
Getting a traditional dental crown takes several visits to the dentist. First, your dentist would prepare the tooth and take impressions. Those impressions would be sent to a lab where they’d form the basis of a permanent crown. In the meantime, you’d wear a temporary crown before finally having the permanent crown placed. There are a lot of steps involved in getting a traditional crown, so it’s not a one-visit procedure. It can take weeks, even months, before you’re finally finished with the traditional method of getting a crown.
What is CEREC technology?
CEREC technology adds convenience, precision, and comfort to the process of getting a crown. CEREC (Ceramic Restoration, or Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic) is an integrated 3D scanning and milling system that lets you get a dental crown in one visit. Same-day crowns are created by CEREC and uses computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to make your crown in one day. The convenience of CEREC is simply unparalleled.
The CEREC system digitally scans your tooth, using a special intraoral camera to create a refined digital impression that’s sent to a milling machine. The digital image is transferred to the milling machine, which gets to work making your crown. The CEREC milling machine that forms your crown from a single block of tooth-colored ceramic is phenomenally precise, capturing every last detail that needs to be replicated for a perfect fit.
All the equipment, from the scanner to the milling machine, is right there in the same office, where any adjustments required can be made by your dentist immediately. Your crown is custom-fitted for your needs and fabricated in one place. Your dentist will make all the fine adjustments in that same visit, including cementing the crown in place and getting you on your way.
What are the benefits of CEREC? Are there drawbacks?
The main benefits of CEREC Same-Day Crowns are convenience and time saved for patients. Getting a crown fitted and placed in a single day, in a single visit, is light-years ahead of the traditional method. In the more traditional method of crown placement, you would need at least two visits to have a crown created and placed. It could take weeks or longer for a crown to be perfectly fitted to your needs, where CEREC needs only one day.
Traditional crowns require you to wear a temporary crown between the initial and final visits, but you won’t have to deal with temporary crowns with CEREC. The crown you get is the first and final crown.
While there are no major drawbacks to the CEREC system, traditional metal crowns can be a better choice in cases where the tooth’s roots are very fragile and need extensive reinforcement.
How long do CEREC crowns last?
CEREC crowns are made from a single block of high-density porcelain and last from 10 to 15 years. They can last far longer than that, but habits like tooth grinding can shorten their effective lifespans.
Who can have CEREC crowns?
In most situations where a traditional crown is called for, a CEREC crown can be used. In other words, most patients are good candidates for CEREC crowns. They can strengthen brittle or fragile teeth, as well as teeth that have been weakened by large amalgam fillings.
If you’re looking for a same-day restoration solution, CEREC crowns are the way to go. The accuracy of the restoration combined with the convenience of getting the crown placed in one visit is an unbeatable combination.
Services of cosmetic dentistry have revolutionized the concept of a beautiful and bright smile over time. Now, we see unlimited options for people to preserve their beautiful smiles. One of the many procedures is dental crowning. If you accidentally broke a tooth and are now concerned about it, we might have a solution for you.
What is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are also called dental caps. They serve as the covering around the teeth to restore them and improve their appearance. They are aimed to strengthen the tooth and keep the tooth in its place and shape. Furthermore, it is ensured that they perform their functions as efficiently as the original teeth did. Dental crowns are prosthetic devices and cover the damaged tooth or dental implants.
How do dental crowns work?
Dental crowns are perfect for chipped or damaged teeth. The crown essentially is a cap that mimics the actual tooth. By having this cap on top of the original tooth which had been damaged, the imperfection can be hidden. With the crown sitting on top of the original tooth, it seems the tooth is perfectly shaped.
The crown is created to match the tooth it is supposed to cover. It is fixed in a way that the natural tooth will not be visible at all. So, the crown reaches till the gum line and perfectly encases the original tooth underneath.
Sometimes crowns are added on top of teeth that have undergone filling. This is particularly the case with children as there is a higher chance that the filling will come out. With a crown on top, the filling is safe and protected and remains intact.
What materials are dental crowns made of?
Dental crowns are made up of a variety of materials. Every patient has different requirements and preferences, so the patient and doctor work together to determine what material will be used. Most common materials used in the manufacture of dental crowns are metal alloys and resins. Metal alloy crowns are made typically of gold blended with silver, copper, palladium, and titanium
Metal crowns are sometimes fused with porcelain material. A thin layer of porcelain covers the metal alloy. Porcelain layer merges with the tooth. These are ideal when the dentist intends to match the color of your dental crown with the rest of the teeth.
Metal-free crowns are also available now for those patients where metal alloys are contraindicated. They are formed of materials like zirconia, porcelain, alumina, and silica. They are mostly inert materials, and a minimum number of allergic reactions has been reported with the use of metal-free crowns.
How do they improve the smile?
Dental crowns are great to hide the imperfections you may have in your teeth. These include chipped or broken teeth and even cavities. With a custom-made tooth covering, which suits the shape of your actual tooth entirely and is totally flaw-free, you can get the smile of your dreams.
Having a set of perfectly shaped and spaced pearly whites give you a perfect smile. Teeth generally undergo wear and tear over the course of your life. They may become worn down. With dental crowns covering the years of damage, your smile appears perfect. It is not just your smile. Crowns add and restore the structure to your mouth, meaning you don’t need to flash your teeth to know that your smile has improved.
The impact is so subtle and natural that it gives the person getting the crowns a healthy appearance without much effort. It is like getting a facelift without actually going under the knife.Lifetime Dental can help you restore that beautiful smile with their same-day dental crown procedure.
How long my dental crowns can last?
The longevity of dental crowns depends upon many subjective factors. The average lifespan of dental crowns is from 10 years to 20 years. However, the patient’s general condition, oral hygiene routine, and material used in the composition of crowns are some factors that can affect the lifespan of the dental crowns. To ensure longevity, it is advised to have a regular and good oral hygiene.
When and how are dental crowns removed?
In some conditions, removal of dental crowns becomes necessary. Some of the reasons for which crown removal becomes necessary are:
Broken and decayed crowns
To treat the underneath tooth
Removal of necrotic tooth pulp
Different methods are conservative, semi-conservative, or destructive for the removal of dental caps. Ultrasonic removal is one of the popular techniques of dental crown removal. Forceps and crown retractors are used conventionally. Temporary crowns are easily removable, whereas the removal of permanent crowns needs expert hands and experience.
Are there any complications associated with dental crowns and how are they managed?
Crowns are usually not associated with any complications or problems. But there may be mild to moderate discomfort in the initial days. After a few days, this resolves by itself as the patient gets accustomed to the dental caps while eating, drinking, smiling, etc. Some patients may complain of sensitivity after the installation of dental crowns. Patients usually suffer from heat and cold sensitivity. In these circumstances, it is advised to use toothpaste which works against sensitivity. If the problem persists, call your dentist for your concern. Chipping or loosening of a crown can also happen if the crown is not fit properly. Allergic reaction to the crown material has also been noticed in some patients, and they must get their crowns removed in severe cases.
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